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The federal government is investing $650 million to support Aboriginal communities through the COVID-19 crisis, of which $285 million will go to health care

The federal government is investing $650 million to support Aboriginal communities through the COVID-19 crisis, of which $285 million will go to health careKarwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

The federal government is investing $650 million to support Aboriginal communities through the COVID-19 crisis, of which $285 million will go to health care.

The funds invested into health will notably increase the number of nurses in First Nations communities and buy specialized equipment, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference at Rideau Cottage on Friday.

"The funds will also be used to support the work we do with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to find long-term community-based health solutions," he said.

Ottawa is also adding $ 85 million to new shelters for Aboriginal women. "These new shelters, which will be located in communities, will provide women with a safe place and resources when they need it most," said Justin Trudeau.

He confirmed that there had been talk about the Canadian Armed Forces and if they will remain in the CHSLDs in Quebec and Ontario. "Operational discussions" are still underway, said Justin Trudeau, Friday, without going into details of the number of troops that could remain in the CHSLD, repeating that sending soldiers to these places was not a solution to long term.

During an interview with the Prime Ministers, Justin Trudeau discussed his proposal to ensure that upon resumption, each person in Canada can obtain 10 days of paid sick leave per year.

However, this proposal was warmly welcomed by certain provincial premiers. The federal government could absorb the majority of the costs, argued Justin Trudeau in a press conference.

The Prime Minister still had nothing to report to air travelers whose flights were canceled, but who were not reimbursed by the airlines. He reiterated that he was trying to strike a balance between the survival of the Canadian airline industry and the interests of consumers.

Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing have offered their private travel customers credits of up to 24 months rather than refunds. However, "many consumers will not be able to use these credits within the time limits imposed by air carriers due in particular to financial problems, health problems or the fact that the risks associated with COVID-19 will not be dismissed yet. "

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