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University of Otago Public Health Seminars

Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho Māori suicide prevention, postvention and Mauri Ora/wellbeing are Treaty issues. Suicide prevention is an ongoing challenge for Māori and Indigenous peoples globally. Treaties between indigenous peoples and settler colonialists have been consistently broken, reinterpreted and manipulated to deny indigenous peoples their sovereign rights to self-determination. Colonisation is recognised globally as the pre-eminent explanation for Indigenous suicide. Tino Rangatiratanga (article 2 of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi) exercised as self -determination and the re-assertion of the right to create solutions to suicide anchored in Treaty relationships and Treaty enshrined rights. In this seminar, Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho will link key actions in Māori suicide prevention and postvention through the lens of 35+ years in the kaupapa and discuss the upcoming claim to the Waitangi Tribunal and thereby affirm key pathways towards addressing suicide in current generations. Lady Tūreiti Moxon states “Kei ā tātou te ara Tika/We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” The question is whether we can rely on the Government to heal Māori or whether we heal ourselves by asserting our rights to do so as guaranteed in Te Tiriti ō Waitangi? The overarching focus of this seminar is where do we go to from here? This seminar tells the stories of Māori suicide, the history of Māori suicide and the dreams, visions and hopes of Māori for our present and future well-being.

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The power of hope for Māori youth suicide prevention: Preliminary themes from the Aotearoa/New Zealand HOPE studies

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