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Federal funding being rolled out for off-reserve Indigenous people – inquinte.ca

May 21, 2020

The federal government is going to provide $75-million to organizations that help Indigenous people living off-reserve and address their immediate needs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated more than one-million Indigenous people are living in cities and they deserve good services that are culturally appropriate.

“COVID-19 is having unique impacts on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across our country. For Indigenous peoples living off-reserve, in urban centres, or separated from their communities, it can be even more challenging to access the help they need,” Trudeau stated.

“We are listening to Indigenous peoples and organizations, and providing them with support to respond to this crisis.”

The government had previously promised $15 million in funding for services such as counselling, health care, food and supportive housing, but faced criticism for allocating more money for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people living on reserve.

Read More: https://inquinte.ca/story/federal-funding-being-rolled-out-for-off-reserve-indigenous-people