Nunavut’s Youth Suicide Epidemic — ‘Who Is Next? How Do We Stop This?’


When Joanasie Akumalik thinks back, the signs of impending doom were real but unremarkable. They amounted to a quiet withdrawal.

“He stayed in his room a lot,” Akumalik says of his son, Api. “He could not be with us as a family.”

Akumalik is a municipal councillor in the Arctic city of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. On a cold October morning in 2013, he woke at dawn. “I could sense something was wrong,” he says. “All morning it’s like very eerie quiet in the house.”

He and his wife left to…

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