But the $70-million commitment over three years is a fraction of what a provincial government has pledged. And leaders say the federal government needs to take deeper action to address the underlying issues.
Indigenous children are more than twice as likely than non-Indigenous children to live in poverty in Canada, according to a new study that shows First Nations children living on reserve continue to be worse off than any other group.
Trudeau made the comments while in Shoal Lake 40, an Aboriginal reserve in Canada of around 250 people that has been on a boil water advisory for two decades. He was there as part of an upcoming VICELAND documentary.
VICE wanted to show Justin Trudeau some of the extreme challenges faced by young people in isolated Indigenous communities. VICE suggested several remote reserves and the Prime Minister's office decided on Shoal Lake 40.
The Thursday visit to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation comes amid a nationwide outcry over a rash of suicides and deplorable living conditions on reserves across the country.
A new report from Alberta's child and youth advocate was released in the midst of a national outcry over an astounding rash of suicides and suicide attempts by young people across the country living on First Nations reserves.
A suicide crisis on the Aboriginal reserve Attawapiskat drew protesters, leaders, and mothers with young children in tow, to occupy offices of the Canada's Indigenous and Northern Affairs ministry this month.
Canada's minister of Indigenous affairs toured on Monday Attawapiskat, which shot to international attention last week with reports that 11 people — most of them youths — had tried to commit suicide in one day. Another five tried on Friday.
Leaders in Attawapiskat, a tiny and remote Aboriginal reserve, declared a state of emergency on Saturday night after 11 people attempted suicide that night, including nine minors.
The debate was requested after the tiny, remote community of Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency over suicides. Leaders said 11 people had attempted to their own lives on Saturday night alone.
As legislators in the nation's capital prepared for an "emergency debate" on Attawapiskat, a small Indigenous reserve, residents are scrambling to cope with a crisis that, by many accounts, is far from over.
Attawapiskat, a James Bay community of about 2,000 people, has been plagued by suicide for decades, but the crisis reached new heights on Saturday.