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Fonds québécois d'initiatives sociales

More than $3,3 Million to Fight Poverty in First Nations Communities

Wendake, April 5, 2012 –The Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, is pleased to announce on behalf of the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and the Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Julie Boulet, that between now and 2015, more than $3.3 million will fund the prevention of poverty in Québec’s non-treaty First Nations communities.

The Minister announced the Government of Québec’s contribution at the official launch of the New Pathways: Foundation for the future of First Nations, created by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC). The launch was held today at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake.

“I am proud because this process will leave place to initiatives that emerge from the communities,” said Minister Kelley. “This grant will give the FNQLHSSC the resources needed to support actions that fight poverty in the various Aboriginal communities. The projects will be chosen by the Commission according to their action plan.”

“The poverty prevention initiatives will be part of a Solidarity Alliance,” said Minister Boulet. “Signed with the FNQLHSSC, the Alliance will lead to cooperation and a common vision of the required efforts. It will also foster the implementation of projects that actively address poverty and social exclusion.”

The sums granted to realize the Solidarity Alliance are drawn from the Fonds québécois d’initiatives sociales, which has a budget of $115 million to fund projects that address poverty. Most money from the fund is granted to the Conférences régionales des élus, the Ville de Montréal, and the FNQLHSSC. The Commission represents 32 Aboriginal communities.

These funds stem from the measures adopted in the Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion 2010-2015, which budgeted $7 billion to improve the living conditions of people on low incomes, particularly through prevention and local and regional action.

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