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Ontario responds to elder abuse in Indigenous communities

The treatment of elderly people in Indigenous communities has been an ongoing problem. Ontario is addressing the elder abuse issue with the introduction of new resources under its Ontario Action Plan for Seniors (OAPS). The plan aims to assist the elderly in finding the help they might need. In addition, through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy, the province will be supporting elder abuse prevention and education - to the tune of $1.4 million over four years - which aims to create awareness.

In fact, Ontario will be investing $155 million over three years through the OAPS. The money is earmarked to help Indigenous seniors with wellness and resiliency issues, which experts say is crucial for the health of Indigenous communities overall. Ontario has already invested funds into its Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women, and the OAPS is an extension of that program.

Ontario's Minister of Community and Social Services said these funds aim to keep Indigenous seniors as active members in their communities. Working with partners in those communities is integral for keeping seniors safe and healthy. Leaders in Indigenous communities have expressed the need for better support for those seniors who are the victims of unreported abuse.

Elder abuse in any realm in unacceptable. Those who have experienced such abuse - or their family members - may wish to speak to an Ontario personal injury lawyer to get advice about possibly pursuing compensation. A lawyer will also be able to assist with various documents, including a protective order if one is needed, as well as offer advice and counsel regarding other important legal decisions.

Source: ontario.ca, "Ontario Addressing Elder Abuse in Indigenous Communities", Nov. 29, 2017

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