Minister of Health Tyler Shandro holds a new conference in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Shandro says almost $2.9 million of nearly $8 million in mental-health funding for Indigenous-led support programs will go to First Nations, Metis Settlements, and the Metis Nation of Alberta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta supporting mental-health programs for residential school survivors

Alberta supporting mental-health programs for residential school survivors

Calgary police lay firearms charges against man offering survivalist training

CALGARY — Police have laid firearms-related charges against a Calgary man who they say was posing as an ex-military member and providing survivalist training under false credentials.

Investigators say in a news release they heard in May about a man who was operating a firearms training, survival training and women’s self-defence company called Sheep Dog Enterprises out of his Calgary home.

It’s alleged he was in possession of several firearms, didn’t possess proper documentation nor licensing for firearms, and had not been involved with the military at any point.

Police also believe that the accused falsified documentation and deceived his way into veterans’ and law enforcement support groups.

A search warrant on the suspect’s home earlier this month led to the seizure of firearms, falsified documents, forged ID badges, and body armour.

Bradley Bell, who is 35, faces a number of charges — including unlawful use of military uniforms or certificates, possession of an unauthorized firearm and careless use, storage and handling of a firearm.

Alberta supporting mental-health programs for residential school survivors

RED DEER — The Alberta government says it’s putting up nearly $8-million for Indigenous-led mental-health programs that will include support to help residential school survivors and their families heal.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says almost $2.9 million will go to First Nations, Métis Settlements, and the Métis Nation of Alberta.

Community members will be able to apply for one-time grants of up to $50,000 per group for individual and family counselling or traditional healing and talking circles.

Shandro said the remaining money will be given to an Alberta Health Services Indigenous program that provides culturally appropriate health services for Indigenous people.

The funding announcement follows recent discoveries of unmarked graves at residential school sites that continue to traumatize Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

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