TORONTO — Five children tried to take their own lives Friday evening in a Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 that has declared a state of emergency over repeated suicide attempts, its chief said.
Chief Bruce Shisheesh of the Attawapiskat First Nation in the province of Ontario confirmed the news in a brief phone conversation on Saturday. It was not immediately clear how old the children are.
The remote northern community declared a state of emergency last Saturday after 11 of its members attempted suicide in one weekend and 28 tried to do so in March.
There have been more than 100 suicide attempts and one death since September among the 2,000 residents of Attawapiskat, which is located in a remote section of Ontario on Hudson Bay, according to the CBC.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dispatched teams of doctors and mental health workers to northern Ontario earlier this week to address the issue, while the Canadian parliament held an emergency debate aimed at reversing the growing crisis.