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Cross Lake: “This Is Where I Live” - The Fifth Estate

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Published 4 years ago

Last winter, five young people killed themselves in the northern Indigenous community of Cross Lake, Manitoba. In the weeks that followed 140 more attempted suicide. Cross Lake declared a state of emergency. The Fifth Estate went to Cross Lake to find out why and spent nine months there, talking to people, filming -- and giving young people their own cameras to tell their stories.

We arrived expecting darkness but we also found plenty of hope and struggle. Young people let us into their lives and opened up about their fears, their concerns about their parents, their desire to protect their siblings.

They shared their dreams about finding a new life -- whether through sports, music or romance … and even by becoming young parents.

And we met the adults struggling to help them -- a dedicated principal trying to keep her students safe and a determined Chief fighting for a better future for her people.

Come meet the people of Cross Lake and take a journey you won’t soon forget.

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About the fifth estate : For four decades The Fifth Estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program. Hosts Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay and Mark Kelley continue a tradition of provocative and fearless journalism. the fifth estate brings in-depth investigations that matter to Canadians – delivering a dazzling parade of political leaders, controversial characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.
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