March 20, 2019

Budget Supports First Nations And Métis People In Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to support Indigenous communities with funding programs and initiatives.

The province’s 2019-20 Budget provides more than $211 million in targeted investment that will benefit Indigenous communities, businesses and organizations.  This is a 4.7 per cent increase over last year.

“This government is committed to an ongoing dialogue with First Nations and Métis people,” Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Warren Kaeding said.  “In the spirit of reconciliation and mutual benefit, we will continue to contribute to the social, educational, cultural and infrastructure programs needed in our Indigenous communities.  We will continue to work with our Indigenous partners, hand-in-hand, to support their prosperity and champion their continued contributions to the provincial economy.”

2019-20 investment highlights include:

  • $72.4 million in gaming agreement transfers to First Nations and Métis organizations; and
  • $45 million to First Nations and Métis community-based organizations that deliver individual and community supports to First Nations and Métis people.

In addition, resources have been allocated to the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency to provide more efficient and responsive emergency services to Indigenous and all Saskatchewan communities.