Indigenous Youth Suicide Crisis in Canada
Indigenous youth in Canada are committing suicide at a rate at least 5 to 6 times higher than that of the general population. Indigenous leaders point to many factors, including an inferior health care system and the profoundly damaging legacy of residential schools and colonization. Health Canada too has identified notable gaps in health care, especially mental health services, for Indigenous youth. The Assembly of First Nations has called for a day of prayer and ceremony this Friday, Mar. 17, in response to the crisis.
Creator God, we pray for justice for Indigenous peoples, who deal not only with the legacy of residential schools but also with underfunded health care, education, and other social services today in Canada. We repent of our often apathetic attitudes. We yearn for true reconciliation.