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Red Deer Métis organization receives federal funding

Focused on decreasing disease and gender-related stigma
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Shining Mountains Living Community Services will receive $500,000 from the federal government to build Métis cultural responses to HIV and hepatitis C. (Image from Shining Mountains Living Community Services on Facebook)

Shining Mountains Living Community Services will receive $500,000 to build Métis cultural responses to HIV and hepatitis C.

Announced by the federal government, the funding to Shining Mountains is provided through the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund.

The government says it is committed to working with partners and stakeholders across the country in support of the global goal of ending viral hepatitis, HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) as public health concerns by 2030.

The contribution of community-based organizations is central to Canada’s ability to achieve these targets.

Projects funded by the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund and Harm Reduction Fund take a combined approach to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of prevention methods for these infections, along with other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.

A total of 11 projects in Alberta are receiving $10,522,350 in funding through the Community Action Fund.

Shining Mountains’ project aims to decrease disease and gender-related stigma related to Métis people and HIV, hepatitis C and other STBBI. The project will increase the capacity of service providers to provide culturally appropriate and safe prevention and treatment programs, and services through in-person workshops, podcasts, online webinars, and Métis cultural gatherings.

A total of three projects in Alberta are receiving $1,552,369 in funding through the Harm Reduction Fund.



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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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