Chief Brennan Sainnawap made the declaration following a meeting on Tuesday, according to the Canadian news website.
Jenera Roundsky died after she texted a friend to say goodbye from an outdoor hockey rink. Placed on suicide watch, Roundsky was sent away to a mental health facility earlier this year after the other girls’ deaths, Wapekeka band manager Joshua Frogg, said last week.
However, she returned home to Wapekeka just a few weeks ago even though community leaders didn’t think she was ready yet.
“There was no plan of care, there was no safety plan for her,” Joshua said. “We don’t have enough personnel to keep watching people on a 24/7 basis that are at high risk, we try, but we just don’t have the resources.”
Jenera Roundsky was found dead near an outdoor rink last week. Jolynn Winter passed away in early January, while Chantel Fox died two days later.
The suicide pact became known to leaders in the community last summer.
Jenera had been on suicide watch but returned home in the last few weeks, according to reports.
Wapekeka First Nation has a population of approximately 400 people and is located in Ontario.
Health Canada pledged $380,000 after the suicides of the first two girls, according to CBC News. The community is hoping to get more assistance with the declaration of the state of emergency.
“We don’t have enough personnel to keep watching people on a 24/7 basis that are at high risk, we try, but we just don’t have the resources,” Frogg said in an interview with CBC News.
After the death of her daughter, A grief-stricken mother Sandra Fox from a northern Ontario First Nation shared the hate-filled social media messages her 12-year-old daughter received on the day of her death by suicide, in hopes of saving the lives of other girls in her community.
“If I’d seen those earlier, if she showed them to me, I think I could have done something, tried to talk to her, not to believe those words,” Sandra
One of the messages received by Chantel Fox, on the day she died by suicide in January, according to her mother, Sandra Fox
They appear to originate from three different social media accounts that parents from Wapekeka and social workers involved with the community believe originate outside the First Nation and may have been sent under false names. Jenera Roundsky received a similar message and was put on suicide watch. At the end it proved in effectual.