Once more we see the cultural norm of failure to adapt to the existing society norm come into play. If non-natives were to live in groups like that, without sufficient motivation, do you think it would be any different?
People need purpose in there lives. If you do not have one, create one and get on with it. Residential schools have been gone for fifty some years, get over it; they are not the cause of the problem. The cause is there unwillingness to make big cultural changes necessary to adapt to the modern culture. Natives want to live in southern conditions in the north, but are unable to develop base industry to support that lifestyle (base industry are ones where the money comes from far away in exchange for products). The residential schools were an attempt to correct what we saw as the problem. Many whites went through boarding school issue as well. Either live and work where there are schools or waste the next generation; it is not difficult to understand.
Natives are a society in transition, from family group to small tribal, to now organized communities. They have just not adapted, and with modern communications, they see the way we live, and we see back. When we stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back.
In native society, starvation was the limiting factor in population growth, and had been for years. Human population can easily triple four times a century, given sufficient food. It was a near full time effort to obtain food, close, shelter, for clan and neighboring clans. Where lack of food did not control, the area they could defend as there home range took the remainder to defend. Tribal societies are never at peace for long, territory is always in need for expansion, as the population always has need for more. That is just the way it is. Farming allowed more food production, now it is water that is the governing factor, and the Co2 release from energy production. Which do you want the next war to be over?
Suicide was and is a cultural right. The door is always open, and it was often used as a method of preventing suffering among the elderly; and suffering in general. The adults would walk away from the old and infirm when moving camp seasonally. How much has there culture has changed?
Caffeine, sugar, too much starches, tobacco and alcohol... all leave the human susceptible to depression. Quit consuming eating the shit, and get on with what you see as your purpose for your life, beyond reproducing; there are too many people already. If you have no purpose, create one.
Their is little sympathy for the native among the working, there is lip service mostly, and a few liberal do-gooders, but only if someone else is paying the bills. The US has there blacks, Canada has its natives.
But what do I know anyway?