Off-reserve Indigenous services to receive $75M boost amid coronavirus pandemic

By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted May 21, 2020 7:14 am

Updated May 21, 2020 11:33 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is sending $75 million to organizations that help Indigenous people living in urban areas and off reserves through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government had previously promised $15 million in funding for services such as counselling, health care, food and supportive housing.

More than a million Indigenous people live in cities or off reserves, Trudeau says, and they deserve good services that are culturally appropriate.

The Liberals have promised $290 million for organizations representing First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, primarily on reserves and in Indigenous communities.

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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, which represents Indigenous people living off reserves, has said that imbalance is discriminatory, denying adequate help to some people depending on where they live.


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