Ontario Connecting Indigenous Communities to More Mental Health and Addictions Support
$33 million provincial investment expanding access to programs and services for Indigenous peoples and their families
MUNCEY — Ontario has invested nearly $33 million in 2022-23 into over 100 mental health and addictions supports and programs designed to meet the needs of Indigenous communities across the province.
“For generations, Indigenous communities and elders have taught the importance of community-based, culturally-informed approaches to healing and wellness. It is critical that responses to challenges faced by Indigenous partners are anchored in partnership and collaboration,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Today marks another milestone in those partnerships; investing in connecting Indigenous communities to Indigenous land-based healing, health services, and upgraded healing centres and facilities.”
Up to $25 million in funding has gone directly to Indigenous organizations and communities across Ontario to deliver 93 unique initiatives to help create new spaces for mental health and addictions programs, upgrade infrastructure and equipment at existing facilities, and support the purchase of health and safety supplies. With this funding, organizations are also connecting Indigenous communities to traditional land and water-based healing programs and cultural knowledge to promote positive mental health and wellness.
In addition, almost $8 million in funding supports expanded health services including traditional healing, and access to trauma-informed care training. This benefits Indigenous communities across the province, especially in Northern Ontario.
“Our government recognizes that Indigenous peoples and communities have faced many barriers to accessing safe, effective mental health and addictions care,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “With this investment, we’re helping Indigenous communities in Ontario connect with the mental health care they need, when and where they need it.”