With recent attention on alarming rates of youth suicide in Indigenous communities, Kim Samuel provides a timely reflection and important analysis. She suggests that at its core, “it is an isolation of the soul, created over generations of oppression, racism, and disastrous social policies that undermined the basic human rights of individuals, families, and entire nations”. By illuminating the ‘isolation of the soul’, new understanding essential to building sustainable solutions arise. Kim highlights three essential elements including that actions must be directed by Indigenous peoples, be built on community strengths and resilience and support critical community capacity.
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