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Film & Video

Third World Canada

A documentary about a family living in Big Trout Lake, a First Nation in Northern Ontario.  Focuses on the story of one family, and how the community comes together after a tragedy. Offers a short look at the specific challenges faced by Child Service Agencies in Northern Ontario. This links to the movie trailer.

Surviving Canada

From Survival International website: “An extract from a documentary examining the terrible effects that years of injustice have had on the Mushuau Innu people of Canada.” This clip focuses on the Innu people in Northern Ontario, and their struggle with high rates of suicide.  (9:31 min)

Literature

Chee Chee: A Study of Aboriginal Suicide

From the website: Former RCMP officer and professor looks at the suicide of Ojibwe artist Benjamin Chee Chee. From newspaper accounts and limited interviews, the author tackles the issue of suicide among Aboriginal People. 

Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids

From the website: Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the new release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.

Articles, Resources, and Web Links

Health Canada: Mental Health and Wellness for First Nations and Inuit

Here to Help: Aboriginal Mental Health: The statistical reality

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