Mi’kmaw communities and organizations across Nova Scotia can provide more support for mental health and addiction with new government funding announced Wednesday.
According to the province, a total of $ 750,000 will be provided in equal grants to each of the 13 Mi’kmaw communities in the province, the Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Association, and the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center.
“We take the health and well-being of our employees very seriously, and it is very good news to have these resources to improve the services our community members need,” said Chief Andrea Paul, health director for the Nova Scotia Wed Congregation ‘kmaw Chiefs.
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Improving mental health and addiction outcomes in Mi’kmaw communities is also crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, which “had a significant impact on the mental health of Nova Scotians,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness, in a press release.
In addition, the province said a one-time funding initiative of $ 50,000 will be used for the Enhanced Home Visiting Program provided by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Wagmatcook First Nation hosts and plans home visitor training courses that are accessible to all First Nation communities.