High Inuit suicide rates rooted in historical trauma: veteran Nunavut researcher

A panel on historical trauma in indigenous societies at the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s 28th congress in Montreal, June 18, 2015 presented evidence that shows suicide rates among the Inuit of Nunavut began steadily growing towards their current record levels after about 1970. The evidence lines up with a body of research that traces the causes of suicide in Nunavut to painful upheavals — or “historical trauma” — within Inuit society as it shifted from traditional hunting and gathering on the land to a wage-based economy during the past century.


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