Policies

P-12

Acting on Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention

Passed

Moved by Aboriginal Peoples' Commission of Canada

Priority Resolution

WHEREAS the Liberal Party of Canada has previously committed, through policy resolutions, to pursuing proper and adequate mental health care strategies;

WHEREAS Canada’s Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, and the Provincial Health Ministers have agreed to the need to tackle mental health issues, funding, and access;

WHEREAS mental health issues impact 20% of Canadians during their lifetime;

WHEREAS suicide is the major cause of death amongst Canadians aged 15-24 and is typically interconnected with mental health issues;

WHEREAS Health Canada research highlights that suicide rates amongst First Nations youth is 5-7 times, and Inuit youth is 11 times, the national average, compared to that of non-Indigenous youth;

WHEREAS the community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, like many other Indigenous communities, have declared a state of emergency; with Pimicikamak Cree Nation dealing with six suicides in the last two months and over 140 attempts in the last two weeks alone;

WHEREAS the situations facing Indigenous youth are not only mental health related, but also reflective of Canada’s colonial history and dismantling of Indigenous cultures, languages, and way of life;

BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada work with Indigenous communities, organizations, and nations on ways to begin healing, reconciling, as well as implementing mental health and suicide prevention strategies;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada continue to work with Indigenous communities, organizations, and nations to restore and assist with the re-establishment of Indigenous cultures, languages, and ways of life.