FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The First Nations Health Authority has announced that grant applications are now open for those looking to host events for this year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness.

The health authority is providing grants of up to $3,500 to First Nations communities and health and social organizations that provide wellness services to First Nations in BC and up to $2,000 to schools in the province to conduct their own celebration to encourage holistic wellness and honour National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st.

The FNHA says they recognize the impacts of the Indian Residential School findings, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and overdose crises have on the health and well-being of First Nations individuals, families, and communities.

They say that despite these challenges, Indigenous people also have much to celebrate.

“As a wellness organization, it’s important that we continue to build on our strengths, and resiliency through holistic wellness programs and initiatives. With this in mind, the FNHA is pleased to launch the 2022 Indigenous Peoples Day of Wellness grant cycle to honour and celebrate First Nations people,” the FNHA said in a release.

The deadline to apply is April 18th at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the FHNA at 604-785-2216 or email active@fnha.ca.