Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $650 million in additional federal aid to support Indigenous families and communities during this crisis.
The new funding will be allocated for health care, income support, and new shelters for women.
The Government of Canada says its working with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities to support their public health response, collaborate with community-led solutions and longer-term support.
Trudeau said in a statement, “Covid-19 has further highlighted the unique challenges that already exist for Indigenous peoples and communities. We are listening to Indigenous peoples, and are working with them to ensure they have the support they need to get through this crisis.”
Trudeau added the federal government is working with provinces on a data-sharing platform for contact tracing.
Trudeau recently tweeted his announcement.
The funding includes:
Marc Miller, minister of Indigenous Services Canada says, “Today’s announcement will help us to continue to support the health and safety of these communities while ensuring that individuals and families who rely on income assistance for the basic essentials are not left behind during this pandemic.”
The Canadian government says it will continue to work with Indigenous partners as we move forward to support their efforts to respond to Covid-19.
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