Canada Two Fond du Lac teens take own lives

07:56  16 january  2018
07:56  16 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A small northern Saskatchewan First Nation is once again in mourning after two teenagers killed themselves in recent weeks. The suicides in Fond du Lac came as the community recovers from a Dec. 13 plane crash that led to the death of 19-year-old Arson Fern Jr.

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A small northern Saskatchewan First Nation is once again in mourning after two teenagers killed themselves in recent weeks.

The suicides in Fond du Lac came as the community recovers from a Dec. 13 plane crash that led to the death of 19-year-old Arson Fern Jr.

Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said the crash and Fern's death have been tough on the community.

"Shortly after, a young teenager took his own life and, probably a week later, a young girl," he told The Canadian Press on Monday. "They've been going through a very difficult time emotionally and spiritually."

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Fond du Lac Jane Doe was a teen or young woman found deceased in Ashford, Wisconsin in 2008. Her cause of death was not possible to determine, although investigators believe she was murdered, given the circumstances of where she was found.

FOND DU LAC - An 18-year-old teen and two 40-year-olds The witness said Berg, Neumann and Tuinstra lived in two apartments on Ruggles Street, separated by a door, and would leave it open at night so they could roam freely, wearing dog collars, and making the child wear one as well.

In December, a West Wind Aviation plane with 25 people on board went down shortly after taking off from the Fond du Lac airstrip.

Everyone on board escaped the wreckage but seven people were seriously injured. Fern, who had cerebral palsy, later died in hospital from his injuries.

Cameron said it's difficult to know whether the two suicides are directly linked to the plane crash.

"One can only speculate what the youth were going through and what they were thinking," he said. "One thing is for certain — something was bothering these youth. Something was on their mind."

A recent report about suicide among Indigenous youth in northern Saskatchewan suggested they often feel bullied, sad and alone in their communities.

"It's really troubling and it's not only here in Saskatchewan," said provincial child and youth advocate Corey O'Soup. "I want to call it an epidemic, because it is."

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Fond du Lac County Jane Doe, also known as "Jane Fond du Lac Doe", is an unidentified female discovered on November 23, 2008 in Ashford, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

Fond du Lac Jane Doe. Two reconstructions of the victim created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Fontana, California. A teen believed to be alive and living in the area she disappeared from.[28]. Kateri Mishow. September 22, 1984.

Similar reports are coming out of some Alberta First Nations.

A summary report into the serious injuries and deaths of young people in Alberta over the past five years shows Indigenous youth make up more than 70 per cent of suicides.

"It's prevalent in Alberta as well," said Alberta's child and youth advocate Del Graff. "We hear about these circumstances and it's just so sad that families are facing these preventable deaths and that communities are reeling, particularly Indigenous communities, are reeling from the impact."

In Saskatchewan, the suicide rate for First Nations boys between the ages of 10 and 19 is six times higher than for non-Indigenous boys, while the rate for girls is 26 times higher.

Six girls between the ages of 11 and 14 committed suicide in Indigenous communities in October 2016.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the time called it a "tremendous tragedy."

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O'Soup said governments are really good at responding to the initial crisis.

"They send in all these supports for a couple weeks or a month and then they're gone," he said. "The big challenge is finding long-term sustainable solutions for our communities in the North, particularly those ones that are isolated."

Officials with the federal government said in an email that they are working to address the issue.

"The health issues facing Indigenous communities across the country, including high suicide rates among youth and limited access to mental health supports in rural, remote and isolated communities are serious and unacceptable," said the statement from the Department of Indigenous Services Canada.

"We are working with Indigenous partners and provincial and territorial governments to provide effective, sustainable, and culturally appropriate health programs and services to improve the health of First Nations and Inuit."

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