Chief Reports Six More Suicide Attempts in Devastated Canadian Attawapiskat Tribe

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Youths hold hand before a meeting in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat, Ontario last month.Nathan Denette / AP

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By Alex Johnson

At least six more members have tried to take their lives in the past few days in a Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 that has declared a state of emergency over repeated suicide attempts, its chief said Sunday.

There have been more than 100 suicide attempts and one death since September among the residents of Attawapiskat, in a remote section of Ontario on Hudson Bay.

Chief Bruce Shisheesh of the Attawapiskat First Nation, a Cree community, said Sunday on Twitter that two serious cases were reported Saturday, following four suicide attempts late last week. There was no immediate information on the conditions of the residents Sunday.

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Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency last month after 11 of the tribe's members attempted suicide in one weekend and 28 tried to do so in March. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent teams of doctors and mental health workers last month to address the issue.

Shisheesh told the CBC last month that there's no single explanation for the horrifying number of suicide attempts. He said homes in the remote community are crowded with 14 to 15 people, bullying at school is rampant, sexual and physical abuse are common and drug abuse is at crisis levels.

"We need help in Attawapiskat," Shisheesh told the network.