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Youth Death Report

/ 97.3 The Eagle
               A review of unexpected deaths of Indigenous youth in B-C is calling more culturally diverse services to help prevent similar deaths in future. The B-C Coroners Service and First Nations Health Authority examined 95 unexpected deaths over a five year period — and they found Indigenous youth and young adults are dying at nearly twice the rate of non-Indigenous peers. Their joint report finds 60 per cent of the deaths were caused by accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, drownings and overdoses — while suicides accounted for 32 per cent of the deaths. The review makes a series of broad recommendations that also include a call to reduce the barriers to services for Indigenous youth and promoting connections to family, community and culture.

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