Alberta supporting mental-health programs for residential school survivors

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RED DEER, Alta. — The Alberta government says it's putting up nearly $8-million for Indigenous-led mental-health programs that will include support to help residential school survivors and their families heal.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says almost $2.9 million will go to First Nations, Métis Settlements, and the Métis Nation of Alberta.

Community members will be able to apply for one-time grants of up to $50,000 per group for individual and family counselling or traditional healing and talking circles.

Shandro said the remaining money will be given to an Alberta Health Services Indigenous program that provides culturally appropriate health services for Indigenous people.

The funding announcement follows recent discoveries of unmarked graves at residential school sites that continue to traumatize Canada's Indigenous Peoples.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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