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Indigenous Services Canada Seeks to Re-Assure Communities Over COVID-19 Response – Net Newsledger

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202050 Views

March 27, 2020

OTTAWA – “We have taken immediate, significant and decisive action to First Nations, Inuit and Métis in preparing for and addressing needs related to COVID-19. These measures are the product of vital discussions with Indigenous leaders and communities across Canada. This new Indigenous Community Support Fund will further support First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders in taking action to address the evolving needs of their population and in making their own decisions about where critical support is needed to quickly address this public health emergency,” says Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services.

Miller assures Indigenous Canadians his department “is working fast with quick turnaround times for processing personal protective equipment requests to ensure First Nation communities are ready to respond to COVID-19 as effectively as possible”.

Indigenous Services Canada in a media statement reports, “The health, safety, and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, is and will remain a top priority for all. Canada recognizes that First Nation, Inuit, and Métis are among the most vulnerable and that during this crisis, in particular, those in remote and fly-in only parts of the country are uniquely vulnerable. Communities are incredibly resilient and full of solutions and innovative ideas. This is why we must support distinctions-based measures to improve public health response for Indigenous communities and provide them with the flexibility they need to address the specific needs identified by communities and their members.”

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