Community organizations representing nearly a million off-reserve Indigenous people will receive an additional $75 million in COVID-19 funding from the federal government.
The federal government initially pledged $305 million to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, with $15 million of this money set aside for organizations providing services to those living off reserves or in urban centres.
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples filed an application in the Federal Court of Canada last week, challenging the funding allocation of $250,000 it received as part of a COVID-19 fund earmarked for off-reserve Indigenous peoples.
- with files from The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be updating Canadians on the COVID-19 situation at 11:15 a.m. today from Ottawa.
It is expected that the federal government will be announcing more financial support to help off-reserve Indigenous people weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement comes amid criticism that the Trudeau government has largely ignored the plight of Indigenous people living off-reserve and in urban centres during the pandemic.
Village Media will carry the livestream, so stay tuned.