PM to provide Aboriginal people in Canada with more COVID-19 assistance

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OTTAWA –
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to use his Rideau Cottage address on Thursday to provide additional funding to Aboriginal people who may face additional difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money should be available to Aboriginal people living off reserve and should include funding for community projects such as those providing access to food, transportation, educational materials or mental health services.

As has been the case with several recent announcements, however, details of the funding destination or who may be eligible may take some time to resolve.

This comes from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples – which represents the interests of off-reserve Aboriginal peoples in Canada – filed a motion with the federal court alleging that COVID-19 assistance from the federal government was “inadequate and discriminatory”, compared to d ‘other groups.

The organization says the government “abandoned its fiduciary responsibility to a significant number of indigenous people during this pandemic.”

On March 18, the government created a $ 305 million Indigenous Community Support Fund, including $ 15 million for regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations.

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