Minister of Children and Family Development, Katrine Conroy announced $6.4 million for Indigenous Families on Orange Shirt Day.
Each of the 203 First Nation agencies and the seven agencies that serve Metis people in BC is able to apply for $30,000 by the 20th of October outlining their community’s prevention and family support needs as well as how the money can help address those needs.
Conroy says ” “Each First Nation and Métis-serving agency will be able to use this funding to best serve their community, whether that means hiring additional family support workers, creating a new program, collaborating with another community within their nation, or working with a Delegated Aboriginal Agency to improve outcomes for families.”
The $6.4 million is part of ongoing family preservation services delivered by the ministry. Over the 2018-19 year, prevention funding will increase to $9.5 million annually, as well as considering other additional funding for family preservation services.
The announcement came on Orange Shirt Day, a day that marks acknowledges the “time of year when Indigenous children were taken from their homes to residential schools – a dark period in B.C.’s history that has resulted in a cycle of inter-generational trauma still felt in many Indigenous communities and families today,” according to Conroy.
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