Canada’s Aboriginal Communities and Suicide: Called to Listen, Called to Understand

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By Robert Olson, Librarian, BA, MLIS


The reasons that any individual dies by suicide are multiple and complex. There are a host of psychological and biological factors that may influence someone to take his or her own life. Typically, there are many social and cultural factors that contribute to death by suicide as well (Lenaars, 2006). These particular complexities can be especially apparent in some Aboriginal communities.
Historical aspects that continue to affect Native Canadians socially and culturally to this day make suicide prevention efforts a continuing struggle. [read Full Article – PDF]

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