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Indigenous Community Shares at Upcoming Suicide Prevention Workshop

January 22, 2017 8:06 AM | News

University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba (UMANITOBA.CA)

WINNIPEG — A workshop on suicide prevention will get underway Monday at the University of Manitoba.

The College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is hosting the full-day workshop with insights and perspectives from the indigenous community.

“Indigenous youth are five to six times more likely to die by suicide than their non-aboriginal counterparts,” said Elaine Mordoch, event organizer and associate professor at the College of Nursing.

“As a profession, we need to understand why this is happening in the communities around us.”

Kiskisi Paminamatowin — A Suicide Prevention Workshop: Lessons from Cross Lake Cree Nation will offer a day of sharing from an indigenous perspective. Speakers will include Cross Lake Chief Cathy Merrick, elder Jeff Wasteiscoot, and youth worker Morrison Ross.

“We know there are already suicide prevention programs in place, but we also know we don’t have all the answers,” said Mordoch. “The best thing we can do now is listen, learn and work together.”

The event, supported in part by the Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cross Common Room at St. John’s College.

— Staff