The purpose of the COVID-19 Indigenous Task Force is to ensure the most at-risk Indigenous people have access to basic necessities to carry them through this pandemic and to provide wrap-around supports and services. The task force will work with shelters and agencies that serve our homeless population, and support seniors and Elders. $40,333 from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will be used to purchase and deliver food hampers to the most vulnerable in the community, including single mothers at the Awo Taan Healing Lodge, an emergency shelter for Indigenous women and families fleeing domestic violence, who desperately need food and other necessities.
The Cross Roads Centre is a collaboration between Aboriginal Friendship Centre Calgary, SORCe, Alberta Health Services Mental Health and Addiction, and the Canadian Mental Health Association Street Outreach and Stabilization Team. Collectively, the entities in the Cross Roads Centre support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness including Indigenous people, people with mental illness, people with addiction, and those who are have increased vulnerability. Another $175,000 from The COVID-19 Community Response Fund will go toward AAhkita’sopoyakahtop: Forward Together with Care, the safe and culturally inclusive re-opening of the Cross Roads Centre following the COVID-19 related shut down in March.
$35,000 from The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund will help cover the cost of supporting vulnerable Elders and seniors in the community by providing food and basic essentials hampers, technology so they can connect with their families, and offering transportation to and from appointments, or to pick up prescriptions.
Another $20,000 from The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund will help develop the Response Task Force, which will help coordinate agencies, partners, and funders to meet the needs of Indigenous people living and working in the Treaty 7 area of Alberta.
$450,000 from The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund will go toward helping the Aboriginal Friendship Centre evolve back to the Indigenous Governance Model from the Funder Western Model. The reconfiguration of resources for Indigenous people is rooted in, and draws legitimacy from, Indigenous methodologies and cultures. These funds will be distributed to other organizations serving the Indigenous population through consensus decision making with the Elders and the Indigenous Task Force table.
$40,000 from The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund will go toward the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Calgary Task Force, supporting hundreds of Indigenous families and Elders with basic needs and cultural supports.