Nunatukavut says more funding needed to combat effects of COVID-19 – The Telegram

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Nunatukavut says more funding needed to combat effects of COVID-19 – The Telegram

by ahnationtalk on May 6, 2020290 Views


One of the Indigenous groups in Labrador says it needs more funding from the federal government to help combat the effects of COVID-19. The Nunatukavut Community Council (NCC) says it needed about $2.7 million in funding for its communities and to date has gotten a commitment of $582,000.

NCC president Todd Russell told SaltWire Network the NCC had contacted its 6,000 members in southern and central Labrador early on to identify what was needed, and this was the number it came up with. The NCC was hopeful it would be included in some of the larger funding announcements, Russell said, but it was not.

The federal government announced the Indigenous Community Support Fund on April 15, which is $305 million to help Indigenous communities with COVID-19 concerns.

“Of this amount, $45 million was set aside for recognized Inuit,” Leslie Michelson, a spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada, told SaltWire. “This money is flowing to each of the four land claims organizations through an allocation determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and regional Inuit land claims organizations.”

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