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New indigenous mental-heath funding just one part of helping places like Attiwapiskat: Bennett

By Rachel Aiello      

'Reconciliation has to be about all Canadians,' says Bennett. "From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are embarking on the journey of reconciliation and developing responses to the calls to action.'

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the government's budget this year 'makes historic investments to begin to close the gap in quality of life for indigenous people,' and will 'better support the well-being of children and families on reserve, to improve the quality of education for First Nations children, and to urgently address housing needs on reserve.'
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says recently announced funding for indigenous mental health services will make an "immediate" difference in communities such as the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, which this year made headlines because of a suicide epidemic among its youth. However, she said the $69-million in funding, announced last week, is just one part of creating hope for people in these communities, and that "adequate housing, water, and quality education" are also needed.

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