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Budget 2023 - First Nation New Funding Envelopes

The federal government will also work with Indigenous partners to provide additional support for Indigenous health priorities by providing $2 billion over ten years, which will be distributed on a distinctions basis through the Indigenous Health Equity Fund

Health Care Results and Accountability

More funding isn’t enough to deliver better health care outcomes. That is why, in exchange for the new funding, the government has asked provinces and territories to:

  • Commit to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, including fair and equitable access to quality and culturally safe health care services.

$1.2 billion to support 248 health-related infrastructure projects in First Nation communities;

Supporting Indigenous Governance, Capacity, and Participation in Decision-Making Supporting Indigenous Governance and Capacity

First Nations governments need resources to meet the needs of their communities and deliver the services and programs their communities rely on. Supporting First Nations governments is an essential part of supporting self-determination.

Budget 2023 proposes to provide $76.3 million in 2023-24 to Indigenous Services Canada to continue to support the administrative capacity of First Nations governments and tribal

Increasing Indigenous Participation in Northern Environmental Decision-Making

Indigenous participation in northern environmental decision-making processes is an example of self-determination in action. Major resource and infrastructure projects can offer Indigenous communities and other Northerners good jobs, revenue, and business development opportunities.

Support for Indigenous and public participation in environmental assessments of these projects helps Indigenous Peoples inform decisions that affect their lands, communities, and futures. This also helps ensure approved projects respect Indigenous rights and that local communities—many of them rural and remote—experience their benefits.

Advancing Reconciliation and Building a Canada That Works for Everyone 125 Budget 2023 proposes to provide $19.4 million over five years, starting in 2023-24, to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada for the Northern Participant Funding Program to increase the participation of Indigenous Peoples and other Northerners in environmental and regulatory assessments of major projects.

Budget 2023 also proposes to provide $1.6 million over two years, starting in 2023-24, to the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency for the Northern Projects Management Office to increase capacity for federal participation in environmental assessments and consultation with Indigenous communities on major projects in the territories.

Building an Economy That Works for Indigenous Peoples

Creating Prosperity With Indigenous Peoples

Budget 2023 proposes to provide $5 million in 2023-24 to Indigenous Services Canada to support the co-development of an Economic Reconciliation Framework with Indigenous partners that will increase economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, communities, and businesses.

Budget 2023 proposes to provide $30 million over five years, starting in 2023/24, to Indigenous Services Canada to enhance the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program, ensuring First Nations can develop capacity to exercise increased responsibility over their lands, resources, and environment.

Through Budget 2023, the government reaffirms its commitment to negotiate a renewed operating funding formula with the Lands Advisory Board to ensure the continued growth and success of First Nation Land Management.

Budget 2023 also proposes to provide $35.3 million over three years, starting in 2023-24, to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Natural Resources Canada to co-develop, with the Lands Advisory Board, a new First Nations-led National Land Registry that will provide communities in First Nation Land Management with more opportunities to realize the economic benefits arising from local control over their lands

Supporting Indigenous Health Priorities

$810.6 million over five years, beginning in 2023-24, to support medical travel and to maintain medically necessary services through the NonInsured Health Benefits Program, including mental health services, dental and vision care, and medications.

$16.2 million over three years, beginning in 2023-24, for interventions to reduce rates of tuberculosis in Inuit communities.

Supporting Safe and Affordable Housing in Indigenous Communities

Budget 2023 is proposing to build on this initial work with a significant investment of $4 billion over seven years, starting in 2024-25, to implement an Urban, Rural, and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy, currently under co-development with Indigenous partners.

Implementing the National Action Plan to End the Tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

  • $20 million over four years, starting in 2022-23, to support Indigenousled projects for safer communities through the Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative.
  • $95.8 million over five years, starting in 2023-24, and $20.4 million ongoing to help Indigenous families access information about their missing and murdered loved ones, and to enhance victim services to support their healing journeys. This funding would renew existing programming and expand it to include support for families of 2SLGBTQI+ Indigenous victims who are men.
  • $2.6 million over three years, starting in 2023-24, to support the National Family and Survivors Circle in keeping families and survivors at the centre of the implementation of the National Action Plan and the Federal Pathway.
  • $2.2 million over five years, starting in 2023-24, to establish an oversight mechanism to monitor and report on the progress of implementation.
  • $1.6 million over two years, starting in 2023-24, to support the Ministerial Special Representative appointed to provide advice and recommendations on the creation of an Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson.
  • $2.5 million over five years, starting in 2023-24, to facilitate and coordinate work on advancing the National Action Plan by establishing a standing Federal-Provincial-Territorial-Indigenous table on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQI+ People. This table will provide a specific forum to take action on areas of shared roles and responsibilities regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous, Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ People, including prioritizing discussion on how to launch a “Red Dress Alert” to notify the public when an Indigenous woman or two-spirit person goes missing.

Supporting First Nations Children

Budget 2023 proposes to provide $171 million in 2022-23 to Indigenous Services Canada to ensure First Nations children continue to receive the support they need through Jordan’s Principle.

With funding announced in the 2022 Fall Economic Statement, Budget 2023 also provides $444.2 million over three years, starting in 2022-23, to support Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and Louis Bull Tribe First Nation in Alberta to exercise jurisdiction over their child welfare systems and make decisions about what is best for their children and families.

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