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    Some statistics on suicides in northern Ontario's Ring of Fire area

    A girl walks along the streets as the sun rises Tuesday, December 18, 2012, on the Fort Hope First Nation, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    THUNDER BAY, Ont. - Suicide rates are high in the 49 First Nations communities that make up the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, an advocacy group that covers most of northern Ontario. Some numbers:

    Total number of suicides in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation area 2005-2012: 163

    So far in 2012: 18

    Peak year: 25 in 2006

    Total number of suicides in the Matawa group of eight First Nations closest to the Ring of Fire, 2005-2012: 24

    At highest risk: predominantly males between 15 and 20 years old.

    Highest suicide rate in last eight years: Neskantaga, near the Ring of Fire; followed closely by Pikangikum, outside the Ring of Fire area near the Manitoba border.

    Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the peak years were 2009 and 2010.


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