NDP MLA Michele Babchuk says grant will support reconciliation in Alert Bay

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ALERT BAY– New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk says funding for a local Indigenous organization will support the group’s economic and organizational resilience so they can continue their meaningful work for people and families in the community.

“Indigenous-led non-profits have faced enormous challenges in delivering services,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for the North Island. “These grants will fill the financial gaps to make sure that these organizations can deliver meaningful reconciliation, while supporting people that need them.”

In the North Island, the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay will receive $216,000 over three years.

As part of the Indigenous Resilience and Recovery Grant Initiative, 23 non-profit organizations are each receiving a share of nearly $5 million in total funding. The initiative is being administered in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, United Way BC, and New Relationship Trust.

Throughout the pandemic and recovery, Indigenous non-profit organizations have faced challenges and increased demand for their programs and services. This funding will help address gaps in their operations so they can continue their work.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023SDPR0003-000129