AMC expresses heartfelt condolences for the 22 young women featured in report by MACY
May 7, 2020
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) offers condolences to the families and friends, on the loss of life of the 22 young women that are featured in the Stop Giving Me a Number and Start Giving Me a Person Report released by the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) today, and the hundreds of other children who have died in the Manitoba Child Welfare system. Of the 22 young women identified, 20 are Indigenous.
The MACY report examines 22 instances where young women died by suicide, and who were receiving child welfare services at the time of their death. The report states that since September 2008, 159 children and youth ages 9-17 died by suicide in Manitoba. These numbers are particularly staggering when we consider that suicide is preventable. We can anticipate that of the 159 children a disproportionate number of them are First Nations, as there are over 11,000 children in care in Manitoba and 9,000 are First Nations.
“The numbers of children dying due to the lack of culturally appropriate services and supports is absolutely abhorrent,” said AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “The AMC has over 30 years of resolutions designed to motivate meaningful change for the wellbeing of children and youth. The provincial and federal governments continue to ignore First Nations solutions resulting in this tragedy. This has gone on for far too long.”