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    If it fits with the story structure it would be helpful to know the age and gender profile of those who commit suicide, and peer group influences before and after the event e.g. Bowden, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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      An interviewee told me that the suicide data for Greenland is not released frequently unfortunately, so it may have to be old data but I will try and find it. I know and have been told more boys in greenland commit suicide in Greenland than girls. Peer group influences before and after the event is an interesting one too. Thank you John.

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    Please consider the comments of Malcolm Gladwell regarding school shootings: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/19/thresholds-of-violence.

    What he describes could be a factor in the high rate of suicide.

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      Thanks. Will do.

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    Does language have anything to do with this?

    The indigenous people have their own language, but from what I heard, Danish is also used in government, education, business, and other areas of life.

    Questions to ask:

    Does this have any influence?
    Do the indigenous people feel that their language is discriminated?
    Are they forced to learn Danish and have difficulty with it?
    Can they use their language in school or work, or when dealing with the government (taxes, police, courts, social security, licenses, etc.)?
    Can they express their culture in their language—television, film, radio, theater, music, literature, newspapers, websites?
    Are education, media, and advertising different in Danish and in the native language?

    I don’t know the answers. I’m only suggesting questions that could be asked.

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      Thanks Amir. So the official language of Greenland is Greenlandic but an interviewee told me most people are bilingual and speak a mixture of Greenlandic, English and Danish. I’m not sure about the other points. Following on from your comment I asked the interviewee whether there is much Greenlandic television, film, radio, theater, music, literature, newspapers, websites etc in an interview yesterday and will raise your other points in future interviews.

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        Thanks. More things to think or ask about:
        Why is it necessary or useful for people to know Danish?
        Are there things that can be done only in Danish?
        Are there things that can be done only in Greenlandic?
        Are there people who know only Danish? What kind of people are they?
        Are there people who know only Greenlandic?
        Is anything known about the language profile of people who committed suicide? Which languages did they speak and how well?

        Again, I’m not trying to hint at the answers or “lead the witness”, or even to imply that the questions are definitely relevant. Maybe they aren’t. But language realities are often ignored and taken for granted, even though language is such a central part of every person’s identity and culture, and since WikiTribune is trying to do something different, I’m trying to suggest this adventure.

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