Health, Economic, and Social Support for Indigenous Peoples and Communities
On May 29, 2020, the federal government announced new funding to provide critical support for Indigenous families and communities, including:
- $285.1 million to support the online public health response
- $270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program
- $44.8 million (over the next five years) to build 12 new shelters to help protect and support Indigenous women and girls fleeing from violence
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities
The Government of Canada website with current information about resources available to Indigenous individuals, students, organizations, communities, and businesses throughout the country.
Strengthening Connections, a program that’s been helping Indigenous Peoples in B.C. since 2006, provides Indigeneuous learners with opportunities to explore post-secondary education and careers. Due to COVID-19, they’re hosting a virtual career fair, featuring 24 institutions and/or employers, using technology to reach all corners of the province. Tour dates are currently scheduled between October 1, 2020, and December 3, 2020.
Family Violence Prevention Program
The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) serves First Nation communities across the country, supporting the daily activities of 46 shelters to improve the safety and security of Indigenous women, children, and families. The shelters provide immediate refuge as well as support and education to help prevent future violence.
The FVPP was recently allocated an additional $10 million to support shelters in First Nations communities.