In listening to many community partners over the past few weeks across Northern Ontario, Northern Manitoba, and remote parts of British Columbia, we heard common realities and shared concerns. Remote communities are facing challenges such as increased vulnerability of supply lines and food security, risks of increased social isolation and marginalization on an existing mental health crisis, and further disruption to reviving legal orders, culture, language revitalization,and connection to lands and waters.
Communities are best positioned to address these challenges. But they need increased access to flexible funding.
Deep, trust-based community relationships will allow us to quickly get critical funding where it needs to go, while honoring the self-determination of community partners.
Your support will enable community-led responses like:
- Building capacity to locally grow and harvest sustainable food, such as gardening supplies, and processing equipment for local fish/meat harvesting;
- Mobilizing community members to safely support Elders and/or those most vulnerable - preparing volunteers with disinfectant, cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment;
- Coordinating virtual video sessions to continue to offer community programming and increasing connectivity between community members inside and outside the community;
- Sharing knowledge and practices around medicine, healing, Indigenous ways of knowing and being in times of crisis.