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Universal Children’s Day, observed each year on Nov. 20, calls on us to respect the right of all children to grow up in safe, nurturing environments. Nurturing healthy children is one of the six priorities in the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s national Inuit strategy for suicide prevention, which was launched in July 2016. On this day, I'd like to draw attention to the responsibility that all levels of government have to realize the promises we have made to all children:

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On Universal Children’s Day, we must speak up, address child sexual abuse

By Natan Obed       

For too many years, suicide has been discussed at a level of abstraction, which has not helped focus prevention efforts. We owe it to our children to discuss the situation in all its complexity, writes Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, walks with Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in Goose Bay, N.L., in 2017. Photograph courtesy of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
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