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.
For more, read our in-depth feature: 'There's always a little light': Indigenous youth find hope in the face of suicide