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Government of Canada renews the Indigenous Community Business Fund through Budget 2021

| Indigenous Services Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced $117 million to renew the Indigenous Community Business Fund (ICBF). The ICBF provides non-repayable financial contributions to Indigenous microbusinesses and community- or collectively owned businesses across the country that do not qualify for other existing business supports.

Government of Canada COVID-19 update for Indigenous Peoples and communities, week of June 14

| Indigenous Services Canada | news releases

As of June 14, 2021, Canada reported an incredible accomplishment in its vaccination efforts, with more than 33,113,116 COVID-19 vaccine doses being distributed across the country. As of June 15, 2021, in First Nations communities with information available, over 82% of individuals aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and over 43% have received two doses.

Statement by Minister Miller on the COVID-19 outbreak at Kashechewan First Nation

| Indigenous Services Canada | statements

“The health and safety of Kashechewan residents remains our top priority. Our government is working closely with the leadership of Kashechewan First Nation, and other partners, including Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA), the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), the Canadian Red Cross, and other federal and provincial government departments to address the urgent health needs of the community in light of a recent COVID-19 outbreak. Together, we are continually assessing the situation in Kashechewan and providing additional supports as needed.

Government of Canada launches call for applications for Own-Source Revenue in Indigenous Communities Initiative

| Indigenous Services Canada | news releases

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities have taken actions to protect their communities and have shut down or reduced operations, resulting in declines in their own-source revenue. In responding to partners’ calls for support to address these declines, and to continue supporting communities that provide core programs and important services, the Government of Canada created the Own-Source Revenue in Indigenous Communities Initiative.

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