Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving suicides of seven Aboriginal youth

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has completed an Investigative Review regarding the suicides of seven Aboriginal youth and is publicly releasing the results of the review as outlined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act.

“We must work harder to support Aboriginal young people at risk for suicide. I sincerely hope this report moves Governments and community leaders to make the issue of Aboriginal youth suicide a greater priority, and to devote the resources and support to address it effectively.”

Del Graff, Provincial Child and Youth Advocate

Over 18 months between June 2013 and December 2014, seven Aboriginal young people from different communities died by suicide. Each of these young people was receiving services from Child Intervention Services when they passed away, or had received services within two years of their death.

The Advocate examined the lives and circumstances of Asinay, Cedar, Sage, Morley, Kari, Victoria and Jacob as part of a broader review, with the goal of attempting to understand the high rate of youth suicide faced by Aboriginal peoples, families and communities.

The recommendations in this review must be acted on to improve supports and services for Alberta’s young people.

The intent of an Investigative Review is not to find fault with specific individuals, but to identify and advocate for system improvements that will help enhance the overall safety and well-being of children and young people who are receiving designated services.

A copy of the Investigative Review and recommendations are available on our website:

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is an independent office of the Legislature, representing the rights, interests and viewpoints of children and young people receiving designated government services.