Canada giving another $650M in COVID-19 aid to Indigenous communities

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Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the federal government will spend another $650 million to help Indigenous communities cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s in addition to $305 million previously promised to help First Nations reserves, and Inuit and Métis communities with supplies, medical care and facilities that allow for physical distancing.

Miller says that although the first wave of COVID-19 appears to be receding, the threat of a second wave is very real and Indigenous communities will be just as vulnerable to it as they were to the first.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also expected to comment on the funding increase, which includes measures such as hiring more health workers, building isolation facilities or purchasing medical supplies and equipment.

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Another part of the funding is to help residents in these remote communities pay for the pandemic-induced increase in their cost of living.

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And a third part is to help communities build women’s shelters amid reports that domestic violence has spiked as families have been forced to isolate themselves to curb the spread of the deadly virus that causes COVID-19.

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