Ottawa adds $305M to Indigenous COVID-19 response, says UNDRIP legislation remains priority – The Lawyer’s Daily

Ottawa adds $305M to Indigenous COVID-19 response, says UNDRIP legislation remains priority – The Lawyer’s Daily

by ahnationtalk on August 13, 2020347 Views

August 13, 2020

The federal government is investing an additional $305 million to help Indigenous peoples in their fight against COVID-19.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced the top-up of its Indigenous Community Support Fund Aug. 12, bringing its total investment to $685 million. He said the money “offers further concrete support for on-the-ground community solutions that respond to the unique needs and circumstances of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.”

“Health and safety remains our priority and we will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous communities and organizations to support a strong and comprehensive pandemic response,” he said.

The fund can be used for a wide variety of measures such as supporting elders and vulnerable community members, addressing food insecurity, mental health assistance and emergency response services. It will be distributed through a combination of allocations directly to First Nations, Inuit and Métis leadership, and needs-based funding, which will be application driven. This funding will be available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, as well as Indigenous communities and organizations serving Indigenous peoples, including First Nations living off-reserve as well as Inuit and Métis living in urban centres, on an application basis.

Read More: https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/20511/ottawa-adds-305m-to-indigenous-covid-19-response-says-undrip-legislation-remains-priority

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