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Exodus 1,400 Pagnirtung Canadian Arctic : Communities plead for resources to deal with growing suicide and violence- HELP is on the WAY, Or I quit my job @ Danielle for 30 days.

May 15th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
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‘Nunavut is in crisis:’ Canadian Arctic communities plead for resources to deal with growing suicide and violence

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Nunavut Health Minister Pat Angnakak said the issue boils down the same thing many Nunavut issues boil down to — lack of resources and infrastructure


The community of Pagnirtung, a hamlet of about 1,400 surrounded by mountains, glaciers and ocean had 12 suicide attempts over two weeks last February after a year without a suicide.Andrew Seymour / The Ottawa Citizen
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IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut’s health minister says more than one Arctic community is at a crisis point dealing with social problems.

“We already have some letters crying out for more services,” said Pat Angnakak, who said several hamlets have written her asking for special help.

“It’s not just Pangnirtung in a crisis. I think Nunavut is in a crisis.”

Last week, the community of Pangnirtung on the southeast coast of Baffin Island sent a letter to the territorial government that pleaded for extra resources to deal with suicide attempts and growing violence.

The picturesque hamlet of about 1,400 surrounded by mountains, glaciers and ocean had 12 suicide attempts over two weeks last February after a year without a suicide.

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