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Canada to provide more COVID-19 funding for off-reserve Indigenous people

Canada to provide more COVID-19 funding for off-reserve Indigenous people

2020-05-21 2:23:00 PM

Canada to provide more COVID -19 funding for off-reserve Indigenous people

The additional funding expected today comes amid criticism that the Trudeau government has largely ignored the plight of thousands of Indigenous people who live off-reserve and in urban centres.

Coronavirus outbreak: 185 COVID-19 cases among First Nations peoples living on reserve“The amount CAP has received for our constituents across Canada is a slap in the face,” the group’s national chief, Robert Bertrand, told a Commons committee last week.

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[Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates]The additional funding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to announce today is expected to go to organizations that serve the off-reserve Indigenous population, such as the National Association of Friendship Centres.

The association says it has been delivering food, dealing with increased domestic violence, caring for elders and helping off-reserve Indigenous people find safe shelter and transportation and apply for emergency aid benefits, despite little financial help from Ottawa.

Association president Christopher Sheppard-Buote last week told the Commons committee that people not living on a First Nation reserve or in an Inuit or Metis community feel “unseen” by the federal government during the pandemic.0:37Trudeau brushes off calls for indigenous relations minister’s resignation

Trudeau brushes off calls for indigenous relations minister’s resignationHowever, other emergency aid programs created for the general population — including the $2,000 per month Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the 75-per-cent wage subsidy program — are available to eligible off-reserve Indigenous people.

As well, the government announced in April up to $306.8 million to help small- and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and to support Indigenous institutions that offer financing to these businesses.Story continues below advertisement Read more: Global National »

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*Racist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau* FTFY

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