(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Executive is shocked and saddened by the tragic and sudden death of a 10-year old girl from the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. The FSIN Executive extends condolences to the family, friends and the community of Deschambault Lake.

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band and the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation have declared a state of crisis following four separate suicides of young females during this month. The FSIN fully supports the community’s efforts to deal with these tragedies.

“Our young people are in a state of despair and crisis,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron in a press release today. “The FSIN will help coordinate an action plan with the community leadership and their young people in efforts to prevent suicides. The youth need to be a part of any plan that goes forward. We need a commitment from the federal and provincial governments to be a part of this response.”

“The community of Deschambault Lake is in shock from the news of this tragic death. We are in crisis mode. We are starting the process of dealing with this sudden tragedy,” said Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Chief Peter Beatty. “In the interim, we are assisting the family and community in dealing with the death of one so young. In the long term, we need to develop a strategy that incorporates an inclusive and holistic approach to addressing these terrible tragedies.”

“We are committed to working together with others in developing a suicide and wellness strategy for our communities,” said Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson. “We are grateful to everyone who has worked so hard in helping us during our crisis situation. We continue to pray for strength and guidance.”

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