He walks 635 km to prevent suicide

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He walks 635 km to prevent suicide




Tristen Durocher (right) walks in Regina towards the Legislative Assembly.


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Tristen Durocher (right) walks in Regina towards the Legislative Assembly.


After a 635 km walk started on July 2 from La Ronge, Tristen Durocher finally arrived in Regina on Friday. He set up a teepee in front of the legislative building and went on a hunger strike.

He intends to pressure the Saskatchewan government to pass a suicide bill. The authorities offered him a meeting, but Mr. Durocher refused, believing that such a meeting should take place in an indigenous community.

«The only way for us to leave this place is for the police to use force against us ”Said Tristen Durocher.

Bill rejected

A bill that was introduced by NDP MP for Cumberland, Doyle Vermette, would have forced the province to recognize suicide as a health and safety priority, but also as a public health issue.

It was, however, rejected.

However, Saskatchewan released its own suicide prevention strategy in May, which aims to improve support and specialized training in the province. It also provides for an increase in the resources devoted to research.

According to the coroners office, 2,338 suicides were recorded in Saskatchewan between 2005 and 2019. More than a quarter are Aboriginal.

Based on information from Baptiste Demouy.

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