Politics

Ottawa unveils more pandemic support for Indigenous communities

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is adding $200 million to its funding to fight COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.

The money will target child care, education and infrastructure

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shown Oct. 23, is announced today additional funding for Indigenous people and communities, targeted specifically at child care, education and infrastructure. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is adding $200 million to its funding to fight COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.

More than half of that is going to pre-schools and daycare centres, to improve training and staffing and enhance cleaning.

About $60 million is going to First Nations to make community buildings safer with renovations, better cleaning and upgraded ventilation.

Another $26 million is for Indigenous post-secondary institutions — for physical improvements and to make it easier to offer services and courses online, Trudeau said.

The new money is on top of more than $2.2 billion the federal government has already allocated to help Indigenous and northern communities get through the health crisis.

Among other things, the government has committed $685 million for the Indigenous Community Support Fund, which includes funding to address food insecurity, education and other support for children.

It is spending another $650 million to help Indigenous communities respond to the pandemic and for income support.

And it has devoted $122 million to help ensure a safe return to schools on reserves.

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