The territorial government matches existing federal funding of $ 677,000 to support the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) in the Yukon.
Funding will be matched on an ongoing basis and will support the eight CPNP programs currently operating in the territory.
In addition, the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) will receive funding of $ 262,000 each year for the next two fiscal years.
This funding will be used to research and identify the prenatal and child support needs of First Nations in rural communities. Funding will also be used to staff a Yukon First Nations Prenatal and Child Support Assistant position.
The government formed a prenatal advisory group to identify needs and best practices related to the provision of prenatal and child supports to pregnant women and families.
The group includes representatives from the territorial government, Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and CYFN.
The nutrition program helps support the health of vulnerable pregnant people, new parents and their babies.
“We are pleased to offer this commitment of continued funding to Canadian prenatal nutrition programs operating in the Yukon and to support the Council of Yukon First Nations to provide prenatal and infant support services in communities across the territory,” Health and Human Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said on Nov. 18.
âThis funding will help communities meet special needs and develop culturally appropriate prenatal services.
CYFN Grand Chief Peter Johnston said the funding “will help CYFN develop culturally appropriate, prenatal and child programs and supports for Yukon First Nations people with the overall goal of improving outcomes for First Nations people. Yukon First Nations families and children.
Canadian prenatal nutrition programs in the Yukon have not received increased funding for about 20 years. The programs operate in the following communities:
â¢ Whitehorse: Victoria Faulkner Women’s Center – Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies;
â¢ Teen Parent Center Canada’s prenatal nutrition program;
â¢ Skookum Jim Friendship Center Prenatal Nutrition Program;
â¢ The Essentials;
â¢ Carcross: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies;
â¢ Dawson City: Healthy Families, Healthy Babies;
â¢ Teslin: Teslin prenatal program; and
â¢ Watson Lake: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies.
The funding commitment is in line with a recommendation in the People First report.