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Canada Invests $100M in ‘Historic’ Action Plan for 2SLGBT Communities | UKTN News

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Canada pledges $100 million to fund what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touts as the country’s first five-year federal plan to support 2SLGBT communities.

Trudeau says 75 percent of funding will go to civil society organizations that focus on diversity and inclusion.

The news comes on the final day of Pride celebrations in Ottawa, which will conclude with the first in-person parade after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, welcomed the action plan along with Trudeau and said the funds are for “all those people who are fighting to be heard and accepted”.

People marched in Montreal’s pride parade earlier this month. The announcement of the federal action plan came on the same day as Ottawa’s planned Pride Parade. (Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press)

She says the strategy came about after several years of consultation and research with members of the LGBT community and the two-spirit community.

She says more than $5 million of the funding will go toward launching an awareness campaign to “keep communities safe and educate the wider population.”

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