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Canada supports Indigenous wellness and culture feasibility studies in New Brunswick to advance self-determination and reconciliation

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OTTAWA, ON, July 12, 2023 /CNW/ - Today, Chief George Ginnish from the Natoaganeg First Nation; Chief Ross Perley from Neqotkuk First Nation; and The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown?Indigenous Relations, announced $150,000 in funding provided through the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program.

These funds will support studies being undertaken by Natoaganeg First Nation and Neqotkuk First Nation to determine the need for and feasibility of constructing facilities that will provide culturally safe spaces for members?including women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals?to gather and connect with their history, culture and language.

Investing in cultural spaces is crucial to addressing the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals. The Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program also supports Indigenous Peoples in reclaiming their identity as part of their journey towards self-determination, which is a crucial step in advancing reconciliation and building relationships between Indigenous Peoples, governments, and all Canadians.


"We are excited to have the opportunity to start this initial engagement process to explore a centralized Cultural Space for Natoaganeg. We are thankful that Crown-Indigenous Relations provided this support.  We want to thank the Community for their genuine interest and full participation during this process. A facility of this nature would support Natoaganeg culturally, socially and historically while providing great meaning and service to our Community.  Natoaganeg was created on traditional Mi'kmaq territory in 1789 via a Licence of Occupation and has a rich history, language and culture that needs to be shared. We feel this project is a great move towards reconciliation."

Chief George Ginnish
Natoaganeg First Nation

"In my view, this project represents another exciting step our community is taking towards ensuring all of our kids and families can learn about and celebrate their culture without fear of discrimination."

Chief Ross Perley
Neqotkuk First Nation

"These feasibility studies will provide Natoaganeg First Nation and Neqotkuk First Nation with critical information to advance the design and construction of culturally safe spaces for women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals in their communities. This funding is an important step in responding to the MMIWG Calls for Justice, which call upon all governments to prioritize safe and meaningful access to culture and languages for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people."

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown?Indigenous Relations

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