Political and indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan are heading to a northern community to try to understand why so many young girls are killing themselves.
Premier Brad Wall and Bobby Cameron, chief of Saskatchewan’s Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, are scheduled to be in La Ronge on Wednesday.
Since the middle of October, six girls between the ages of 10 and 14 have taken their own lives in northern Saskatchewan, including four from the Lac La Ronge Indian band.
Cameron says one immediate step that could help is the creation of youth centres with programs after hours and on the weekend when young people are most vulnerable.
But he says there also needs to be long-term political support.
Wall says there were plans in the works to increase mental health resources in the north before the suicides, but the premier says he’s also interested in the idea of a mental health and addictions centre in the north.
(With files from The Canadian Press)