Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Text Size

'People's Inquiry' into First Nations suicide stops in Attawapiskat

Mushkegowuk Tribal Council has been holding sessions in northern First Nations to gather more information

CBC News

People in Attawapiskat will take on the difficult subject of suicide this week.

To gather more information about what may be pushing people to take their own lives, the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council has been holding hearings in a number of northern communities.

Hearings will be held in the James Bay coast community this week for what's being called the “People's Inquiry.”

“There's a lot of unresolved grief,” said Mike Metatawabin, lead commissioner for the hearings.

“There's so many issues. It's all compounded, making it hard for people to deal with. It [also] makes it harder for the communities to try to get a handle on it.”

No recent data was available on the number of people in Mushkegowuk territory who have attempted or died by suicide in recent years, but in 2009 and 2010, the issue received a lot of attention in Moose Factory, after five young people took their own lives.

As Metatawabin has listened to the stories in each community, he said “it's been emotional. It's been an eye-opener. But more importantly it's been a healing process, I believe.”

Sessions have already been held in several communities including Moosonee, Moose Factory, and Fort Albany. Hearings will also be held in Kashechewan and Chapleau Cree First Nation next month.

When the hearings are finished, the Tribal Council will produce a report with proposed solutions.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Education & Training

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...


obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit


First Nations Cultural Interpreter PM – 02 Riding Mountain National Park Seasonal Indeterminate

(May to October) From $54,543 to $58,764

Closing Sept. 19, 2014

Read More

Regional Media Officer– Temp (Until Nov 2015) –F/T Position

Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition / NDP Research Office

Location:131 Queen Street, Suite 10-02, Ottawa, ON


Communicate regularly with regional media outlets (community newspapers, radio stations, student media, ethnic media, etc.) to propose ideas for interviews and opinion content Read more...

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Workforce Report

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report that highlights initiatives to improve the workforce participation of Aboriginal peoples. 

Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada’s Workforce (December 2013)  

click image to download report

Tue Sep 23 @ 3:00PM - 04:15PM
FNHMA National Conference 2014
Sun Oct 05 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
INIHKD & Manitoba NEAHR Conference 2014


September 2014
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4

Current Video

RIP Percy Tuesday


Thanks to Althea Guiboche for allowing The First Perspective to share her video taken at the Manitowapow book launch at McNally Robinson. 

Percey sings Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and people join in to harmonize. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins