June 2, 2021 — Ottawa, Traditional unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada
Through the Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF), the Government of Canada continues to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and organizations as they prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.
Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada highlighted $760.8 million in funding proposed in Budget 2021, a portion of which will be allocated through the needs-based funding request process that just reopened. Of the total funding, $200 million is being directly allocated to communities in early June and a further $200 million will be directly distributed to communities in Fall 2021. With each distribution, $148.3 million will support First Nations, $31 million will go to Inuit and $20.7 million to Métis.
The Indigenous Community Support Fund provides Indigenous leadership and organizations with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of Indigenous Peoples. Communities and organizations have used ICSF investments for a variety of measures, such as promoting food security, improving mental health support services and ensuring the distribution of emergency equipment.