Trio of London area First Nations receives $1M in addiction treatment funding 

By Calvi Leon  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter    A $1 million boost from the Ontario government will go a long way in tackling the mental health and addiction crisis facing three First Nations communities, local Indigenous leaders say. Jacqueline French, chief of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, said the funding announced Thursday marks a milestone contribution to support members of the communities on their road to healing and recovery. “It’s huge,” French said. “It’s a significant move that we are making together, as three First Nations,” she said, stressing the importance of collaboration between her community, Oneida Nation of the Thames and Munsee-Delaware Nation. The money will support the development of a new community wellness strategy and external partnerships to address mental health and addiction. It also signals the…

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