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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Over $300,000 is being doled out to Peace region organizations to expand wellness services.
The province announced the first round of funding from the Northern Healthy Communities Fund on Thursday. More than $2 million will be distributed for 16 northern B.C. projects.
In the Peace, Doig River First Nation is receiving $98,000 for a Tsaa Natsadle Programs Manager, and $220,000 is going towards the Nawican Friendship Centre in Dawson Creek for its wellness program and emergency shelter upgrades.
The province says the funding will allow families and young people in Doig River First Nation to access early childhood and youth programming through the new Dane che’ adliih de’ kwa centre.
“People in northern B.C. need access to quality mental health and addictions care close to home,” says Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, in a statement Thursday. “Working with our partners, people in northern communities will now benefit from more services to better support them along their wellness journey.”
The province pledged $25 million earlier this year to go towards health, mental health and social services in communities near the LNG Canada and Coastal Gaslink projects. The Northern Development Initiative Trust will distribute funding over the next five years, quarterly, through a series of intakes.
Funding will be available through two streams going towards capital projects and to increase capacity for services.
The program is now accepting applications for the next round of funding to be announced this summer. Successful projects will be announced quarterly until 2026.
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