Four First Nations communities awarded funding to support poverty reduction

October 6, 2021

Source: Energetic City

By Laura Briggs Oct 6, 2021 | 10:55 AM

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Four First Nations communities in Northeast B.C. have received funding to help reduce poverty.

Doig River First Nations, Prophet River First Nations, Saulteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations have been granted funding through the First Nations Well Being Fund.

Over $2 million in grants have been provided to 62 First Nations communities across the province to support the creation of well-being and poverty-reduction plans and projects.

“All orders of government are finding ways of reducing poverty,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

“I’m excited that through this funding, First Nations communities are able to develop projects that will improve individual well-being and benefit communities.”

The First Nations Well Being Fund is carried out by the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, in partnership with the First Nations Leadership Council. It supports First Nations and Tribal Councils in their efforts to promote well-being, improve quality of life for community members both on and off the reserve, and reduce poverty at the community or Nation level.

Doig River First Nations have been granted $32,125 to support mental health wellness by delivering a series of trauma workshops within the community, including language revitalization.

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