The province is putting nearly $8 million towards supporting indigenous-led supports for mental health.
The new Residential School Mental Health Support Grant Program will give the indigenous groups the funding to support various supports, including counselling services and traditional healing practices such as talking circles.
The program hopes to help individuals, families, and communities affected by Canada’s residential schools and the ongoing discoveries of children’s remains.
The province said that more than $2.8 million in grants would be available, with up to $50,000 available to First Nations, Metis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta.
“Now is the time to support each other so we can collectively heal and continue to work towards reconciliation,” said Rick Wilson, minister of indigenous relations.
“Through funding and collaborative partnerships, we are moving in the right direction,” said Regional Chief Marlene Poitras, Assembly of First Nations Alberta Association. “It will take ongoing effort to truly address the impact of residential schools.”
The province will also provide $4.9 million over two years to Alberta Health Services (AHS) Indigenous Wellness Core.
The Indigenous Wellness Core hopes to create health equity for indigenous people in Alberta through partnerships with indigenous people, communities, and key stakeholders to provide access and culturally appropriate health services for indigenous groups in Alberta, according to a release from the province.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News