In January 1993, six children in the aboriginal Innu community of Davis Inlet attempted multiple suicide by inhaling gasoline fumes. All fortunately were rescued and those most at risk were removed from the community to Poundmaker’s Lodge, a native treatment centre near Edmonton. The footage of these children was broadcast nationally and sparked a new cross-country awareness of the tragedy of Davis Inlet. Some trace the causes of the social disintegration of this particular Innu settlement to federal and provincial government decisions, especially the relocation of aboriginal people to Canada’s Far North.
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