“And I Live It”

From suicidal crisis to activism among members of the Kwakwaka'wakw and Coast Salish nations

Authored by: Darien Thira

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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According to Statistics Canada, individuals self-identified as Aboriginal made up 3% of the overall population in 1996 (Statistics Canada, 2001). However, the Canadian Aboriginal community is over-represented in terms of many indicators of biological, psychological, and social distress (White, Maxim, & Beavon, 2003). The risk of suicide among Aboriginal people in Canada is between 300% (off-reserve) and 600% (on-reserve) that of non-natives (RCAP, 1995; Mussel, Cardiff, & White, 2004). This makes the development of an understanding of Aboriginal suicide-related resilience all the more pressing.

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