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Published On: Sat, Jun 30th, 2012

Canadian government to provide funding to address prescription drug abuse in First Nations communities in Ontario

The Canadian Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq announced Friday funding to address prescription drug abuse in First Nations communities in Ontario.  This investment will focus on service provision and continuum of care; integration of services and enhanced collaboration among service providers; and capacity building, training and education.

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The announcement is the result of strong collaborative work undertaken by the Trilateral First Nations Senior Official Committee, which has representation from the Chiefs of Ontario and various federal and provincial departments.

Minister Aglukkaq said in a press release yesterday,  “Tackling drug abuse is a priority for our government and First Nations, and we are committed to working together with the provinces and territories to address this complex issue.

“Working with First Nations leadership, and our federal and provincial partners and agencies, Health Canada has been actively supporting the development of collaborative approaches to treatment and after-care programming that strengthen First Nations families and communities.”

Stan Beardy, newly-elected Chief of the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) said this was a good step, “The solution has to involve all levels of government, as well as our own community leadership.   Part of the solution must be to help reconnect the people, especially the young people, back to our basics, which is our special relationship to the land.”

 

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