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Urban Native youth in British Columbia said to join suicide pact





Native advocates in British Columbia said they disrupted a "suicide pact" among 30 Native youth in Vancouver.

The advocates heard about the pact on Facebook, The Globe and Mail reported. Most of the youth live in the Grandview Woodlands area of Vancouver, an area that saw five attempted suicides since September.

“A number of front-line workers heard the rumblings … and then the team came together and identified who those youth were and then brought 24 of them in for their own protection,” Scott Clark, the director of Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement told the paper.

Clark said Native youth as young as 12 years old are binge drinking in the Grandview Woodlands area.

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