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Protect children from sexual abuse scourge, Inuit leaders urge

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OTTAWA—Prominent Inuit politicians are urging Canada’s leaders — indigenous and otherwise — to protect children from the scourge of sexual abuse and suicide running through indigenous communities, saying no child deserves to have their innocence stolen.

The head of Canada’s national Inuit organization says it is incumbent upon all leaders to proclaim that abuse in indigenous communities is unacceptable.

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is himself no stranger to intergenerational trauma; his own father struggled with alcoholism after falling victim to sexual and physical abuse at a residential school.

“There is no way to talk about this issue without it being difficult,” Obed said in an interview. “I always think of the children, the children that shouldn’t be abused and they are at the centre of my thoughts.”

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