Government of Canada works with communities and organizations to support food security for Indigenous peoples during COVID-19
OTTAWA, TRADITIONAL UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUINS, ON, May 26, 2021 / CNW / – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food security challenges for Indigenous peoples and communities. Indigenous Services Canada works with Indigenous partners and will continue to provide support and services to address socio-economic inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic.
Today, the Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, noted that $ 30 million in financing announced in December 2020 for food security was allocated to increase indigenous peoples’ access to nutritious and traditional foods. This funding is in addition to other food security initiatives supported by the Indigenous Communities Support Fund. Indigenous communities and organizations have used this funding to provide healthy meals and help put food on the table for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Food security funds have been distributed to beneficiaries across the country to support initiatives that help families in difficulty, for example:
Cowessess First Nation received $ 198,500 in funding to support First Nations families in their community. This has enabled Cowessess to purchase enough food for around 200 households on a monthly basis. The funding was also used to deliver food packages to help community members stay in their homes and protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19 with unnecessary travel.
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada received $ 464,241 in funding and in partnership with seven urban Inuit organizations to provide temporary food support to Inuit facing food insecurity due to the pandemic. This support included food stamps, which were distributed to Inuit women and their families living outside Inuit Nunangat.
The Métis Nation of British Columbia received $ 185,000 in funding to support Métis individuals and families British Columbia. Those in need received food baskets, grocery gift cards, and grocery delivery service. A community refrigerator was also stocked with fresh and nutritious food. In addition, the Métis Nation British Columbia also launched its Home Garden pilot project to increase self-sufficiency in food security, where families received seed starter kits and funds to purchase soil and tools. gardening.
The National Association of Friendship Centers received $ 6 million in funding to provide support to urban Indigenous communities. In addition to tackling basic food and supply issues, Friendship Centers have been able to fill gaps in culturally relevant programs and services, including in-person food basket delivery and l registration of seniors and families. In Manitoba, a friendship center has seen its food bank needs increase six-fold, including a drastic increase from 50 initial baskets to over 300 baskets per month. In British Columbia, a friendship center saw a 70% increase in its restaurant operations.
These are just a few of the many partner organizations that have benefited from this important funding for food security. With the added stress of living through a pandemic, indigenous peoples and communities shouldn’t have to worry about basic necessities of life, such as access to safe and nutritious food.
The government of Canada will continue to work with Indigenous partners and organizations to identify and respond to the unique needs facing Indigenous peoples as the pandemic continues to unfold.
“Ensuring the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples remains a top priority for the Government of Canada. No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. During the pandemic, the Indigenous Communities Support Fund helped improve access to food and increase the food supply of indigenous peoples. Our government will continue to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis people as the pandemic continues to unfold. “
The Honorable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
“Access to safe, nutritious and affordable food is essential for all and we recognize that the pandemic has magnified food security challenges for Indigenous peoples and Northerners. That is why, in addition to new investments in Nutrition North Canada and the introduction of the harvester support grant, our government is providing this necessary support to partners in the fight against food insecurity. We will continue to work together in collaboration with partners to support Indigenous-led and locally-driven solutions, ensuring communities have the help they need to weather the pandemic and beyond. . “
The Honorable Daniel Vandal, PC, MP
Minister of Northern Affairs
“Cowessess First Nation remains a low-risk community, with over 60% of members and staff living on reserves vaccinated with at least one vaccine. The past 14 months have been exhausting and, with the government of From Canada rapid responses to our requests and being a true ally, we will go through this pandemic. “
Chief Cadmus Delorme
Cowessess First Nation
“We know many Inuit women living in Canada are struggling to feed their children nutritious food during the pandemic. This funding enabled Pauktuutit to partner with leading urban Inuit organizations. Canada to quickly provide temporary food assistance to families hard hit by the negative economic impact of COVID-19. “
Rebecca kudloo, President
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the real and long-standing problem of food security in our society. The ability to create new initiatives that help empower communities, such as the launch of the new home gardening of Métis Nation of British Columbia The pilot project is the first step in filling some of the gaps that exist. As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, we must not lose sight of the importance of these investments and their importance for the creation of healthy and self-reliant communities. “
Lissa Dawn Smith, Acting President
Métis Nation of British Columbia
“Food security funds provided by the federal government are a welcome addition to the overall supports that Friendship Centers have provided during and before the global COVID-19 pandemic.” These supports are not limited only to food and supplies, but also include several other factors, including the delivery of handpicked traditional medicines, home cooked meals, cultural anchoring and in-person delivery in community to tackle pandemic loneliness, provide support with family registration and more. “
Jocelyn Formsma, Executive director
National Association of Friendship Centers
At December 18, 2020, the government of Canada announced that $ 30 million of $ 100 million The Emergency Food Security Fund was transferred to SAC from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to help ensure access to food for indigenous communities.
Canada invested around $ 1.1 billion in the Indigenous Communities Support Fund to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations prepare for, prevent and respond to the pandemic.
The 2021 budget invests a $ 760.8 million for the Indigenous Communities Support Fund to help First Nations, Inuit, Métis Nation communities and urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations serving Indigenous peoples meet the unique needs of their populations during the COVID pandemic- 19. This will provide funding to prevent the spread of COVID-19, support seniors and vulnerable members of the community, provide mental health assistance and emergency response services, address food insecurity and support children.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis also have access to other supports available to individuals, businesses and industries in Canada through the Government of From Canada COVID-19 economic response plan.
Nutrition Northern Canada is an additional government of Canada program that helps make nutritious foods and certain essentials more affordable and accessible to residents of 116 isolated northern communities located Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Labrador. The program works directly with Indigenous and northern partners to understand and respond to their food security priorities.
Backgrounder: List of beneficiaries – Indigenous communities support fund – Food security funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Emergency food security fund
Support Fund for Indigenous Communities
Government of Canada deployment $ 100 million in additional support to food safety organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic
From Canada COVID-19 economic response plan
Nutrition Northern Canada
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