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Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Resource Kit

First Nations (status and non-status peoples), the Inuit and Métis are collectively referred to as Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal people in Canada have some of the highest suicide rates in the world, but this is not true for all Aboriginal peoples. There are also many communities that have very low rates of suicide.

Historically, suicide was a very rare occurrence amongst First Nations and Inuit (Kirmayer, 2007). It was only after contact with Europeans and the subsequent effects of colonialism that suicide became prevalent.

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