Government of Canada funds Native People of Nipissing Non-Profit Residential Development to develop transition house project

News release

August 12, 2021 — North Bay, Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada 

Through the Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF), the Government of Canada continues to provide support to First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.

Today, Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced that $1 million has been approved for the Native People of Nipissing Non-Profit Residential Development Corporation to develop a transition house in North Bay for the Indigenous community. 

The Government of Canada recognizes that First Nations, Inuit and Metis are among the most at risk during this crisis but we also know that communities know what is best for those they represent. Canada has invested over $1.8 billion through the ICSF to support this incredible and life-saving work. 

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"Our Government is working to combat COVID-19 by supporting Indigenous-led solutions that meet the unique needs of each community. Today's announcement will support the development of culturally safe and affordable housing for Indigenous families and individuals in North Bay."

Pam Damoff
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services

"The health, safety and well-being of all people including Indigenous Peoples in Nipissing-Timiskaming will remain a top priority. The Covid-19 pandemic showed how vulnerable and at risk some of our Indigenous populations are when it comes to homelessness. This funding will provide the Nipissing Non-Profit Residential Development Corporation the money they need to make sure they can support their people."

The Honourable Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming

"Covid-19 has deeply exacerbated the crisis facing unhoused Indigenous families and individuals. Investments like these are crucial to helping us alleviate the worst effects of the homelessness crisis, and projects like these will help provide the immediate support needed by our community."

Aaron St. Pierre 
Executive Director, Native People of Nipissing Non-Profit Residential Development Corporation 

"There is a critical need in our community for additional shelter for those who are experiencing homelessness. I would like to thank the federal government for this investment, which will help to support our most vulnerable residents."

His Worship Al McDonald
Mayor of North Bay

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For more information, media may contact:

Adrienne Vaupshas
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
adrienne.vaupshas@canada.ca

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada
819-953-1160
SAC.media.ISC@canada.ca

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