Why is the Aboriginal Community Shattered?

Dreamcatcher by helen barth villareal

Dreamcatcher by helen barth villareal

The Aboriginal community in North America is facing many challenges.  However, evidence suggests that they are unable to cope with the obstacles as well as the non-Aboriginal population.

For example, the suicide rate in their community is higher than the national averages. According to Health Canada, for example, the youth suicide rate is 5 to 7 times higher for Aboriginals than non-Aboriginals in Canada. Moreover, the highest suicide rate in the world recorded is for the Inuit youth in Canada, which is 11 times higher than the national Canadian suicide rate. This is not a new phenomenon; for the past 2 decades, suicide rates among North American Aboriginals has been higher than their national averages (Kirmayer ,et al.).

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