(Canada) Indigenous children suffering from mental disorders

July 26, 2017, CBC (Canada): 'Can't wait for kids to receive this service': Call to improve mental health support for Indigenous children Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services proposing to take over children mental health services Indigenous children living in communities along the north shore of Lake Huron are waiting up to two years for mental health support, according to the Chief of the Serpent River First Nation in northern Ontario. … Youth from Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., are dealing with anxiety, depression, physical cognitive delays, attention deficit disorder and autism, according to Johnston. … "We've been asking for children's mental health funding well over seven years ... finally, I think from our perspective we're quite optimistic." … Juma said his organization has experienced a 22 per cent increase in demand for services over the last five years, but its base funding has not increased. Mental health services need to be expanded and become more culturally sensitive to address trauma that stems from long-standing issues, including the residential school system, according to Johnston.