APTN National News
A northern Ontario First Nation that suffered two deaths by suicide earlier this year says another child has died.
The chief of Wapekeka confirmed to APTN National News Wednesday a child recently died by suicide and is expected to release a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“In shock,” said Chief Brennan Sainnawap. “That’s all I can say right now.”
Reports on Facebook suggest it was a 12-year-old child.
Tragedy first hit Wapekeka on Jan. 8 when Jolynn Winter, 12, took her own life. Two days later, Chantel Fox died by suicide, leaving behind a twin sister.
Wapekeka, a fly-in Oji-Cree community of 430 members sits about 600 km north of Thunder Bay.
It was then learned the nation alerted Health Canada to an uncovered suicide pact between youth last summer but the federal department turned down the request for additional mental health help.
More to come.