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Youth suicides, front-line wellness workers in this week's Bamoseda report

This week on Bamoseda: Friday, May 21

Bamoseda, hosted by Jennifer Ashawasegai, is an Aboriginal news magazine radio program, which features national Aboriginal news, current affairs, features on community and culture, spotlights on entertainment and a cross section of musical genres from very talented artists in the Aboriginal community.

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After a rash of youth suicides over the past year in communities along Ontario’s James Bay Coast, the Mushkegowuk Council has declared a state of emergency. It’s a two-part declaration calling on communities to work together, as well as both provincial and federal governments.

A father in Ontario is worried he’ll never see his daughter again, after his ex-girlfriend was deported to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, taking their daughter with them.

The First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellor Certification Board in B.C. is hoping its recent expansion will reach more front line workers in First Nations communities throughout the country.

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations doesn’t want the province issuing any more exploration permits — at least not until First Nations have been consulted about what goes in their traditional territories and are participating in industry activities.

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie, who has been known for his shoot-from-the-hip style and straight talk, has been re-appointed as Chair of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board. And for the past couple of decades he’s been promoting the virtues that economic development equals First Nations self reliance.

MUSIC

Jani Lauzon – “Courage Song” (CANCON)
Don Amero – “Sunshine and Raie” (CANCON)
Sandy Scofield – “Money is the Goal” (CANCON)