Government of Canada is providing support to urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations in Manitoba through the Indigenous Community Support Fund
"This pandemic has highlighted the strength, resilience and leadership of Indigenous organizations and communities. The actions taken at all levels are providing needed support and protecting the most vulnerable. Through the distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund, Indigenous organizations throughout Manitoba, such as Bear Clan Patrol, are working hard to meet the needs and ensure the wellbeing of our communities during these challenging times. Today's announcement is providing critical support to allow the necessary resources for organizations to address the COVID-19 public health emergency."
The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Northern Affairs
"As an Indigenous lead organization our goal is to continue supporting and assisting people living in this community. We are thankful for this funding as it will allow Bear Clan's volunteers to keep delivering food supplies to the citizens who really need our help, especially during the current pandemic."
Chairperson, Board of Directors-Bear Clan Patrol Inc.
"Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimanakak (MKO Inc.) is pleased to be the recipient of funds to assist MKO citizens who live off reserve. We have always believed these funds should go directly to the First Nations to assist their off-reserve members directly, so MKO will simply be flowing the funds to our First Nations. We hope off-reserve citizens will continue to receive support as the pandemic progresses and we are pleased to hear that more organizations throughout Manitoba will receive critical funding needed to provide ongoing support to First Nations people."
Grand Chief Garrison Settee
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimanakak
"The Bear Clan is an excellent example of Indigenous people working together with their neighbours to resolve societies' problems. I am pleased to see Minister Vandal recognize and value the Bear Clan, the work they are doing and the philosophy behind them. The Bear Clan is growing, not only within Winnipeg, but now in locations across the country. First Nation people have solutions and ideas about how to resolve the challenges they face today. It is time for Canada and the government to listen to First Nations people when it comes to things like law and justice. This is a good indication that this government is willing to step in the right direction."
Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief
"The Southern Chiefs' Organization and our 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations are pleased to be receiving funding from the Government of Canada to provide assistance to our urban and off-reserve members. Our Chiefs have done an incredible job to address this crisis, but the economic environment is challenging, and since the COVID-19 pandemic began SCO-member Chiefs have received multiple requests for support, primarily around food and rent security, so this funding will allow us to respond to this critical need."
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels
Southern Chiefs' Organization
Project funding for the Indigenous Community Support Fund – urban and off-reserve stream is being allocated through a national Call for Proposals process.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis also have access to other support measures available to Canadian individuals, businesses and industries, through the Government of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
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Office of the Honourable Daniel Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs
Indigenous Services Canada
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