Feds urged to provide more support to aboriginal communities following report on aboriginal suicide

A House of Commons committee looking at the issue of indigenous suicide is urging the federal government to make sure aboriginal communities have resources available 24/7.

A report includes a total of 28 recommendations.

During its study, the committee heard from over 50 indigenous youth representatives, First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders, academics and health organizations.

MPs on the committee say the witnesses shared difficult personal stories of suicide.

Cathy McLeod, a B.C. MP and the Conservative indigenous affairs critic, says the committee needed to put its differences aside and come up with a unanimous report after hearing disturbing testimony.

The committee report also says witnesses highlighted how intergenerational trauma is a factor in the suicide crisis.