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Indigenous people generally have a lower life expectancy than their non-native counterparts, In the US, native Americans have the highest rates of suicide for any ethnic group for the 18 to 24 age range. The suicide rate among the Guaraní-Kaiowa indigenous is 34 times higher than the national average. By Beenish Ahmed. ThinkProgress. Published on April 21, 2016
The world’s indigenous suicide crises.
One of the most effective ways to prevent suicide among indigenous communities is instilling a sense of their heritage.
A state of emergency was declared after 11 members of a single, remote community of Aboriginal Canadians tried to take their lives earlier this month. But as many indigenous and political leaders noted, the issue isn’t isolated to Attawapiskat Canada — it isn’t even limited to Canada.
According to a report by Survive International, interference by outside forces has effected indigenous communities around the world for the worst.
“Forcing development on tribal peoples never brings a longer, happier life, but a shorter, bleaker existence only escaped in death,” the reports’ authors wrote last year.
In fact, one of the most effective ways to prevent suicide among indigenous communities is instilling a sense of their heritage, or “cultural continuity,” as Christopher Lalonde, a University of Victoria psychologist who has studied the issue, put it.
“The government spent 150 years trying to get rid of cultural resiliency, so it becomes a precious commodity,” Lalonde told the CBC. “The notion that ‘My culture is alive, and I am my culture’ is just deeply important.”
Here’s a sense of how deeply suicide impacts indigenous communities around the world.