$69 Million in immediate mental wellness support for remote northern First Nations
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $69 million dollars in immediate mental wellness support for indigenous communities after a meeting with youth from Ontario’s Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Trudeau said the psychological distress experienced by First Nations youth in the remote north is tragic and completely unacceptable.
The funding will provide immediate measures for culturally appropriate services for remote northern communities in Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut; including four crisis response teams, a 24 hour crisis line and two permanent mental health workers in Attawapiskat.
Trudeau said while there is a process to finding long term solutions that urgent action is needed now to address the health and mental wellness crises being faced by indigenous people.
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