Support programs receive new funding

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The Quebec government has announced a new fund for support programs for urban Indigenous communities. The $8.9 million over five years will be used for direct services that are culturally relevant for vulnerable Aboriginals.

Montreal is home to one of the country’s largest urban Inuit populations, with local organizations that work with Inuit estimating about 1,500 Inuit live in the city.

Through Nunavik’s Ungaluk crime prevention fund, Makivik already invests approximately $250,000 a year into support programs through­out the city, including Inuit-specific case workers and drop-in programs, such as the day shelter, Chez Doris, in downtown Montreal.

Inuit and other Indigenous organizations can submit funding applications directly to Quebec’s Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones, which is administering the new program.