Trudeau announces $133 million in additional aid for Indigenous businesses

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The federal government has committed an additional $133 million to support Indigenous businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he understands how difficult these past few months have been for Indigenous businesses.

“The goal is to help as many people as possible,” said Justin Trudeau in today’s briefing.

The vast majority of the funding, $117 million, will help smaller community-owned  Indigenous businesses.

The remaining $16 million will help support thousands of jobs across the country in the tourism industry, specifically for  Indigenous run operations.

“With this additional support, Indigenous communities and businesses will have the flexibility they need to respond to their unique economic needs through this difficult time,” said Marc Miller, minister of Indigenous Services on Thursday.

CKLB radio has reached out to Premier Caroline Cochrane and deputy Premier Diane Thom asking how this money will be dispersed among the community.

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