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An organization tasked with sheltering some of the city’s homeless urban Indigenous population will get some of their activities funded over the next few years after a big grant came their way allowing them to fund human resources and other things that will directly impact their clientele, said the director of the shelter.

“We count entirely on the generosity of others so that we might establish ourselves not just as a shelter, but as a multi-service centre, where people can find support for their re-entry into society as well as services for substance abuse and mental-health services,” said Nakuset, the director of Resilience Montreal. “We are extremely grateful, and we hope that others will be inspired to do that same.”

The grant, generously donated by the Peladeau-Chopin Foundation, will come in the form of $300,000 over three years and will cover salaries of substance-abuse counsellors and other mental-health support for Resilience Montreal clientele and for the shelter’s day centre.

It’s been a big year for the organization. Earlier this year, federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and provincial Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafreniere announced, respectively, aid to the organization to the tune of $3.6 million each, which allowed Resilience Montreal to go ahead and purchase a new building. The organization is also hoping to secure another $2.7 million in funding by the end of the summer.

The grant represents yet another thread in the social fabric of Montreal and is indicative of the good that can be done when organizations join forces to support a community in crisis, Lafreniere said.

“All pillars of government, business partners and philanthropists have all mobilized to help answer the dire need for resources for those who live on the streets around Cabot Square,” said Lafreniere, who was elevated to the ministerial post last October. “The involvement of Mr. Peladeau shows that this is a project that brings people together. I’d like to thank him, as well as the other partners who have come to aid on this project.”

Chopin-Peladeau Foundation chairman Pierre-Karl Peladeau was effusive in his praise of the shelter and its services.

“As a refuge and safe place that helps First Nations and Inuit people, the work done daily by Nakuset and the whole team at Resilience Montreal is at once essential and remarkable. Thank you for your engagement and devotion to improving the living conditions of our fellow Montrealers. In order for this great organization to continue its work, we ask for the community to be generous,’ and donate to this worthy cause, Peladeau said.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit them online at www.nwsm.info/donate.io

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