CHILLIWACK – A grant of $5,000 from the B.C. Government will support the Sto:Lo Nation and the Collaborative Youth Health Practices Initiative in planning for healthier communities, Chilliwack MLA John Martin announced today.

The funds will be used to support the Sto:Lo Nation in facilitating prevention forums on violence, bullying and abuse in Sto:Lo Traditional Territory.

“We must all work together to create healthier, more supportive communities for everyone,” said MLA John Martin. “This program is bringing together 20 partners to help youth make their own choices.”

This grant is awarded under the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant, which supports local government in learning about the needs of their residents in the fields of mental health, physical activity and literacy.  More than 150 applications were received from communities across the province for projects as diverse as active transportation planning and urban agriculture promotion.

“Though B.C. is one of the healthiest provinces in Canada, we must continue to work together at all levels of government to foster health-minded citizens and communities,” Minister of Health Terry Lake said. “It is important for healthy living to start where we live, work, learn and play. These grants help support local governments to work collaboratively within their communities to make lasting change in the health of British Columbians.”