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Native documentary looks at suicide

On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, a new study looks at college affordability for Native students. We’re learning about the happenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a new documentary tackles the high rate of suicide on the Flathead Reservation
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A new study finds that the main obstacle for Native students to complete college is affordability. The study was a collaboration between the nation’s four Native scholarship providers. The CEO of the Native Forward Scholars Fund is Angelique Albert. 

Miles Morrisseau brings ICT news from Canada. He brought us first-hand accounts from the Pope’s visit this summer and we’ve asked him to tell us from the First Nations perspective, what we need to know: From Canada’s premiere film festival and what the death of a queen means to First Nations.

The documentary, "For Walter and Josiah," puts the spotlight on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana because of a very alarming statistic. On the Flathead reservation, 22 citizens died by suicide in 2017. ICT’s senior correspondent, Patty Talahongva, spoke to the producer, Dana Hewankorn.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

Hundreds of places and locations around the United States have new names. Last week, the Biden administration announced it had completed the renaming process of nearly 650 geographic features that were previously named after the “s’-word.

In Canada, nearly 70 percent of households in the very rural area of Nunavut are food insecure. Last week, leaders met in Iqaluit to look at ways to grow or raise food at home, instead of relying on costly shipments from the south. APTN’s Kent Driscoll has the story.

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