Year: 1999 Source: Canadian Journal of Native Studies, v.19, no.2, (1999), p.337-363 SIEC No: 20020631

Indigenous people around the world have staggering rates of suicide, especially among the young, despite low rates in the past. This paper presents reflections of the people themselves from the Arctic & Australia, giving voice to the shared malaise. The narrative accounts show great similarities. The high rates of suicide are associated with genocide, including what is called cultural genocide, in both regions. Indigenous people are now developing approaches to healing using their culture as the primary vehicle to their wellness. (51 refs)