Approximately 260 Indigenous organizations across the country have been supported to date by the Indigenous Community Support Fund
Community-based organizations are on the front-lines and have led the charge in advocating for, and delivering support. Women’s groups, homeless shelters, mental health providers, and food delivery organizations have worked hard during this difficult time. Their work is essential, and their leadership saved lives.
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint Vital, along with the Bear Clan Patrol, announced $251,850 in funding to support delivery of critical food supplies.
With this funding, the Bear Clan Patrol will be able to continue to deliver a weekly food supply to the most vulnerable Indigenous individuals in Winnipeg’s North End, which is home to one of the largest urban population of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This funding is in addition to $228,000 provided earlier this year, totalling nearly $480,000 in support to Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol.
“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.” Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais Chairperson, Board of Directors-Bear Clan Patrol Inc.
As part of the Indigenous Community Support Fund, the Government of Canada is distributing a total of $90 million to Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to First Nations people living off-reserve, and Indigenous Peoples in urban areas, to support essential services to the most vulnerable and to prevent and respond to potential COVID-19 outbreaks. This support is part of $1.7 billion that has been committed in specific support to Indigenous and northern communities and organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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 Patrol is among the 17 Indigenous organizations supported by the Indigenous Community Support Fund’s urban and off-reserve stream in Manitoba. A total of $8.4 million has been allocated to these organizations for local initiatives across the province such as: providing care packages for vulnerable community members; increasing mental health supports; offering educational supports for children; and ensuring food security during the pandemic.
Approximately 260 Indigenous organizations across the country have been supported to date by the Indigenous Community Support Fund, to help address the critical needs of First Nations people living off-reserve, and Indigenous Peoples in urban centers during this pandemic.