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Investing in Indigenous communities – Kenora Online

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2018222 Views

The 2018 federal budget is aiming to bring proper funding to Indigenous communities, programs and initiatives. Kenora MP Bob Nault says that building relationships with Indigenous people is extremely important to the federal and provincial governments.

“It’s clear that we remain committed to building a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership,” said Nault. “By investing an additional $172.6 million over three years, beginning in 2018–19, to improve access to clean and safe drinking water on reserve, we will support initiatives to speed up construction and renovation of affected water systems, which will result in 25 additional projects being completed by 2020 rather than the original time-frame of 2021.”

Investments into Indigenous programs, initiatives and communities include:

– $516 million over 10 years, including $500 million to support a Métis Nation housing strategy, as well as additional investments in post-secondary education and support to develop a health strategy.

– $248.6 million over three years, starting in 2018-19, will be provided for services, including mental health and emotional supports to survivors and their families for the duration of the Indian Residential School Settlement.

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