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Small communities need resources to prevent suicide, MLA Mila Kamingoak says

Kugluktuk MLA Mila Kamingoak had some grim news to share with her colleagues in the legislative assembly on Monday. “Since the last summer my community of Kugluktuk has lost more than a handful of people...

Suicide prevention initiatives increasing, says GN

It is a fact that suicide is a major social issue in Nunavut. Statistics Canada indicates the suicide rate in Nunavut is more than five times the national average, according to 2018 figures, which show...

MLA’s heartfelt message to young Nunavummiut: ‘suicide should not be an option at all’

On an emotional day when people in his hometown were attending a funeral for a young man who took his own life, Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk rose in the legislative assembly to address the...

Suicide data inadequate, health minister admits

A Nunavut suicide-prevention action plan launched in 2017, like one before it in 2011, has yet to result in the compilation of comprehensive data, not even the number of suicide attempts. Health Minister George Hickes...
Grade 11 student Lou Kopak tries the Alaskan high kick as motivational speaker and Inuit games athlete Johnny Issaluk, right, offers words of encouragement at Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat on May 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Julia MacPherson

Fighting back emotionally in Naujaat

Naujaat Sports and personal experience were two of the key points focused on by two counsellors who travelled to Naujaat to help students at Tuugaalik High School deal with a tragedy and a rash of...
Darrell Greer/NNSL photo Barney Tootoo displays the sign and memorial picture dedicated to the fifth annual Suicide Prevention Walk in memory of his son, Terence Tootoo, in Rankin Inlet on Aug. 28, 2018.

Focus now on celebrating life

A large crowd came out in support of the fifth annual Suicide Prevention Walk in Rankin Inlet on Aug. 28. The annual event is held in memory of Terence Tootoo. The crowd of people met at...