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Ottawa, Aug 9 (Canadian-Media): The following statement was issued by Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Indigenous Services, Seamus O’Regan, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, today to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, media reports said.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Image credit: UN
“Today marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We know that one day alone cannot express the innumerable contributions of Indigenous Peoples and communities around the world, but we hope that all Canadians take this opportunity to reflect and celebrate these achievements.
2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages. It is also the theme of this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. According to UNESCO, three-quarters of the 90 Indigenous languages in Canada are considered endangered.
As language is essential to Indigenous Peoples’ identity and culture, the Government of Canada recognizes it must act with urgency, along with Indigenous Peoples, to reverse that trend.
We reached a major milestone this year towards reclaiming, revitalizing, maintaining and strengthening Indigenous languages as the Indigenous Languages Act was granted Royal Assent. This represents an important step on the path to reconciliation. Together with Indigenous Peoples, we are working hard to ensure that Indigenous languages can flourish across the country.
Unfortunately, too many Canadians still do not know the histories and contributions of Indigenous peoples. There is much to learn, and today provides a real opportunity for all to listen and understand how Indigenous Peoples have helped shape our world. Now, as we embark on a new path, we are acknowledging the wrongs of the past and looking towards Indigenous Peoples and communities to help shape the world of tomorrow.
In Canada, we are seeing the profound impact that strong and productive collaboration with Indigenous Peoples – based on the recognition of rights, respect and partnership – can have. Every day, the Government of Canada continues to collaborate with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners across the country through negotiation and dialogue to co-develop agreements that advance reconciliation and address community priorities, including governance, education, language, closing socio-economic gaps, and addressing historical wrongs.
Today marks an opportunity for us all to commit to reconciliation, regardless of our background and to be guided by the standards set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Together, we can truly make reconciliation an action, and not just a concept. We wish all of you a memorable International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.”
Kenora (ON), Aug 6 (Canadian-Media): It was announced today by Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, that Ontario is investing up to $5 million in funding for new and expanded Indigenous mental health and addictions services, including support for continued community-led responses to social crisis, media reports said.
Indigenous Mental Health. Image credit: www.mhinnovation.net
ntario is also planning to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.
This new funding will enable Indigenous communities around the province get needed care and services closer to home and support mental health training, development and support for frontline workers, including youth-focused outreach workers who provide culturally appropriate support.
“It’s important to be responsive to the diverse needs of Indigenous communities through programs and services that are designed by Indigenous peoples and delivered in a culturally appropriate way,” said Minister Smith. “I’m proud to be working with Indigenous partners to put these new supports in place to make sure help is there when people need it.”
This funding is part of the additional $174 million the government is providing this year to address critical gaps in services across Ontario and
Ontario will be making this additional funding available every year.
“Our government is making mental health and addictions services a priority and taking a cross-government approach to solving community mental health and addictions challenges,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This additional funding for Indigenous communities will help support more culturally appropriate frontline services and address some of the critical gaps in the system. Investments like these are part of our long-term plan to build a modern and integrated public health care system that is focused on local needs, the patient experience and better-connected care.”
“These investments are part of our commitment to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)