(JULY 21, 2023 – NORTH BAY, ON) – First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC) is thrilled to announce a $2.5 million combined investment in new funding from Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. This substantial investment will empower us to continue our purpose of addressing the mental wellness and health needs of Canada’s First Peoples, in line with the FPWC strategic plan.
The $1.5 million allocation under the Supporting the Mental Health of Those Most Affected by COVID-19 initiative will enable FPWC to enhance and expand on vital mental wellness supports for the First Nation mental wellness workforce, which is especially crucial during the pandemic recovery. The additional $1 million investment comes from the Addressing Racism and Discrimination in Canada’s Health System program, which will fund efforts to help address and take action on systemic racism in the mental health system and advocate for equitable health outcomes in First Nation communities in New Brunswick.
We are grateful to Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada for their trust in our organization’s purpose and look forward to working towards achieving our shared objectives of improving Indigenous health outcomes and fostering wholistic well-being within First Peoples communities.
An official announcement will be made by the Honourable Anthony Rota at the Anishinabek Nation’s Elders Hall on July 21, 2023. FPWC invites you to join us in celebrating this significant step forward as we strengthen our commitment to uplifting First Peoples’ mental wellness and equity within Canada’s health system.
About First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC)
The First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC) is an Indigenous-led national not-for-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of Canada’s First Peoples by addressing healing, wellness, and mental wellness barriers. The organization’s purpose is to walk with and support First Peoples and communities to share collective intelligence for healing, peace-making, and living a good life. FPWC’s approach is centred on promoting wellness pathways based on traditional knowledge and culture that supports healing and wellness and fosters a two-eyed seeing approach. FPWC envisions a nation where our First Peoples experience wholistic health and wellness by championing diverse cultural values, beliefs, and practices.