MNBC Receives COVID-19 Mental Wellness Surge and Adaptation Funding

Métis Nation BC (MNBC) is pleased to announce that we have received $937,500 from the Government of Canada for COVID-19 Mental Wellness Surge and Adaptation Funding.

The funding provided will support activities into 2021 and will help introduce mental health services to meet the increasing needs and demands of our Nation. It will also support the culturally safe adaptation of available mental wellness services and delivery models to fit a COVID-19 context, including front line service adaptations, such as virtual counselling.  The adaptation of existing delivery approaches and the implementation of targeted approaches to support mental wellness needs for MNBC is long overdue.

More information and details will be released in late November.

“MNBC is thankful for the Government of Canada and their commitment to the Métis people in BC. This funding will help address some of the issues and needs that have come up in our communities across the province impacting the Métis during the COVID-19 pandemic.” – President Morin Dal Col

“COVID-19 has demonstrated the resilience of our Métis communities. Our communities have long voiced the need for mental health services in which they feel safe, culturally, in accessing. This commitment is a starting point in ensuring that our people are able to receive and access mental health supports that are meaningful for them.” – Dr. Kate Elliott MNBC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen incredible action taken by organizations such as the Métis Nation of BC to provide support to their members. Through initiatives like the Indigenous Community Support Fund, which provides funding directly to the Métis Nation, our goal is to enable community-based solutions and the ongoing delivery of services to the most at-risk and to prevent and respond to COVID-19. Our government will continue this important work with partners to support their incredible efforts during this time.”  – The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada