‘Traditionally, In Indigenous Cultures, Suicide Never Existed’

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In talks about the assisted dying law, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says Canada must "protect vulnerable persons who are disproportionately at risk of inducement of suicide." (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press) In talks about the assisted dying law, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says Canada must “protect vulnerable persons who are disproportionately at risk of inducement of suicide.” (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Indigenous parliamentarians brought unique perspective to assisted dying debate

The Canadian Press, Posted July 4, 2016

Despite the clamour from doctors, lawyers, religious groups and advocates for the disabled, the softer voices of Indigenous parliamentarians were instrumental in shaping the Trudeau government’s cautious approach to medical assistance in dying.

Indigenous MPs and senators played a central role in securing passage of the new assisted dying law, bringing to the debate what they describe as a unique perspective on the sanctity of life.

Their prominent role started at the top, with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, a former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations and lead minister on the assisted death file.

She was backstopped in the Senate by former…

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