First Nations Advisory Council submits report to Youth Suicide Prevention Review
The First Nations Advisory Council to the Child and Youth Advocate's Youth Suicide Prevention and Mental health Services Review released a document entitled "No Child Left Behind" on Tuesday.
The report contains 13 calls to action by the council, which are aimed at addressing challenges faced by Indigenous children and youth and shortcomings in the provision of mental health services.
Calls to action include the formal recognition of the Mi'gmaq, Peskotomuhkati and Wolastoqey languages, more collaboration with provincial and federal governments, and more Indigenous leadership in New Brunswick's allocation of mental health spending as it relates to Indigenous children and youth.
The document also supports the Child and Youth Advocate's call for a more comprehensive review to identify gaps in mental health services for Indigenous youth.