Cowichan Tribes declare emergency over rash of suicides, ask for help
Cowichan council member Chuck Seymour pauses for a moment
during a news conference in the Cowichan First Nation at Duncan on Monday. The
Cowichan Tribes declared a state of emergency due to the recent spike in
suicides and suicide attempts in their community.
Photograph by: Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press ,
timescolonist.com May 14, 2012
The Cowichan Tribes First Nations administration declared a local state of
emergency Monday, following four incidences of suicide and 57 suicide threats
since January, and now Chief Harvey Alphonse is calling for help from the
provincial and federal governments.
The Cowichan Tribes — with 4,500 members, the largest aboriginal community in
B.C. — have been deeply impacted by the suicides and their counselling staff are
overwhelmed, Alphonse said.