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Jukasa News Update – Monday, November 1, 2021


Ontario plans to spend $36 million on mental health and addictions supports in Indigenous communities.
The province says $20 million in programs will go to supporting survivors of residential schools.
It says the money is for trauma-informed and culturally appropriate supports as Indigenous organizations search for burial sites near former residential schools in Ontario.
Another $16 million is being earmarked for mental health and addictions supports for children and youth, victim healing services, and an Indigenous-led response to opioid use and related deaths.
The province says it recognizes that recent discoveries of burial sites found near residential schools around Canada have increased the demand for services.
Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare says the opioid crisis, the pandemic and recent burial-site discoveries add up to a “perfect storm” of mental health needs.
He says the funding announced Friday will help offer Indigenous-focused support as residential school survivors, families and communities heal from intergenerational trauma.

Ontario is reporting 340 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths linked to the virus.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says 223 of the latest infections are among those who are not fully vaccinated or whose immunization status is unknown.
She says 117 cases involve fully vaccinated people.
There are 133 patients in intensive care with critical illness related to the virus, including 71 on ventilators.
The case numbers are based on 25,707 completed tests.
The province says 88 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 84 per cent have received both shots.

Six Nations says the province is not providing enough financial support for searching the grounds of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School.
In a letter to the premier, Elected Chief Mark Hill said the Indian Affairs deputy minister would only commit $400,000 over three years to conduct the search.
Chief Hill said the offer was contrary to reconciliation efforts committed to by the premier.
The Survivors Secretariat, which was set up to lead the search of the former residential school ground for unmarked graves, has requested $6 million dollars over the next three years to complete its work.
The Mohawk Institute was the largest and longest running Indian Residential School in Canada.

Six Nations is getting a boost in funding for those waiting for long-term care beds by the province.
Funding from Ontario will see paramedics providing in-home care to seniors waiting for spots in long-term care facilities in an investment to the community paramedicine program.
Paramedics will perform in home tests and assessments for those on the waitlist for in-home care.
The investment is part of a permanent boost in funding to 23 new communities across the province to expand existing services in 33 town centres.

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