National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy
Published by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national organization representing Canada’s 60,000 Inuit Peoples, the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy (NISPS) offers a framework for service providers and policymakers for suicide reduction. This evidence-based tool, available in English, Inuktitut and Roman Orthography languages, presents a unified and holistic suicide prevention plan for national, regional and community-wide implementation. The high rates of suicide among the Inuit, particularly among youth, reflect the social and economic inequities communities have experienced as a result of colonization; the impacts have created serious challenges in the capacities of communities to meet their basic, developmental and cultural needs. NISPS identifies six priority areas including the need for social equity, cultural continuity, lifespan health, healing and mobilizing Inuit knowledge in order to build resilience.
While NISPS is considered an Inuit-specific approach to suicide prevention, this strategy offers considerable applicability to First Nations communities, particularly those located in remote regions.