A recently formed coalition of Métis communities is providing more COVID-19 relief for its members.
The Alberta Métis Federation announced on Monday they’ll be handing out another wave of supplies, which includes food hampers, personal protective equipment, and medical supplies, to help individuals and families.
The coalition consists of the Fort McKay Métis Nation, the Willow Lake Métis Nation, the Chard Métis Community, the Owl River Métis Community, the Athabasca Métis Community, and the Lakeland Métis Community.
“These funds will ensure that communities have the tools to effectively address the needs of its members, some of whom have fallen through the cracks,” said Diane Scoville, AMF Chairperson.
“The fight against this pandemic is not over. We don’t know whether the current vaccine will be effective or even relevant in the coming months, so we need to continue to support our members.”
The funds are coming directly from the federal government through the COVID-19 Indigenous Community Support Fund.
Through the program, they’ve been able to help Indigenous communities across the country throughout the pandemic by helping cover the costs of food, protective equipment, and more.
Over $1 billion has been allocated to the fund.