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Financial Support for off-reserve Indigenous People

The federal government will provide today more financial support to help off-reserve Indigenous People weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

The additional funding comes amid criticism that the government has largely ignored the plight of thousands of Indigenous people who live off-reserve and in urban centres.

Many of them were already among Canada’s most vulnerable before the pandemic hit in mid-March — struggling with poverty, homelessness, food insecurity and mental health and addiction issues.

The Congress of Aboriginal People, which represents some 90,000 off-reserve and non-status Indigenous people, has gone to court over what it says is the “inadequate and discriminatory” funding it has received compared to that given to organizations representing First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.