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First Nations welcome $305 million COVID-19 fund, wait for details – CBC

Indigenous Services prepared to use paramedics to compensate for nursing shortage in remote First Nations

Mar 18, 2020

The Trudeau government announced today it’s spending $305 million to help Indigenous communities deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but details of how the funds will be distributed and spent will depend on events in the coming days, weeks and months.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau told a press conference that the funds will be in place to respond to any situation faced by Indigenous communities as the pandemic unfolds across the country.

“We need to recognize that we don’t know all the situations so far,” said Morneau.

“That’s what we’re doing in the case of Indigenous peoples and we’re looking forward to working together very rapidly to figure out the details.”

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