52 recipients receive grants from 2021 anti-poverty fund

Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation's urban on-the-land healing camp. Emelie Peacock photo
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Grants from the 2021 Anti-Poverty Fund ranging from $4,800 to $67,200 were awarded to 52 recipients across the territory.

The funding went to community, Indigenous and non-profit organizations to help overcome and reduce poverty by addressing its root causes.

Minister of Health and Social Services Julie Green says the GNWT increased the $1 million fund to $1.75 million this year to help eligible organizations and Indigenous governments provide innovative community driven solutions in their poverty reduction initiatives.

“The additional funding has allowed us to help more applicants help their communities than in previous years,” she adds.

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Green says the successful proposals will reduce poverty by supporting food security; those experiencing homelessness; early childhood development; employment and training; healthy living; Traditional Knowledge; and on-the-land activities.

Some of the recipients include the Healing Families On-the-Land Camps, run by the Tłı̨chǫ Government; the Qmunity Camp, run by the Rainbow Coalition; the Building Safe Housing, Skills, and Wellbeing program, run by Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation; and the From All Directions program, run by West Point First Nation.

The projects that received funding had to align with one or more of the five pillars of the Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework and Action Plan released in 2019.

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