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On Sept. 18, 2014, James Poker, 17, stands in a small clearing in the woods in Natuashish, Labrador where he spent many hours sniffing gas with other youth since he was eight years old. Like many young men and women he has attempted suicide, and has recently returned from living in foster homes and attending rehab centres outside of his community. Natuashish, population about 900, was created in 2002 when the government of Newfoundland and Labrador moved the Innu community from the island community of Davis Inlet following a spate of youth suicides and other serious social issues.
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Keywords:Natuashish, native, first nations, aboriginal, labrador, crisis, intervention, sniffing, gas, addiction, youth, suicide, community, culture, canada, elders, parenting, recreation, north, northern, Innu