Balancing act

Groups delivering social services for aboriginals on southern Vancouver Island will be getting a greater share of the ministry of children and family development funding pie in the coming fiscal year. But that will mean less money for non-aboriginal social service agencies in the region, Public Eye has learned. According to a plan quietly posted on the ministry of children and family development's Website late last week, 28 percent of the suggested $20 million budget for South Island non-residential contracted services in 2010/11 will go toward First Nations or aboriginal agencies. That's approximately ten percentage points more than was the case in the 2009/10 budget, which totalled $21.9 million.

At the same time, the amount of money going toward non-aboriginal agencies will be shuffled around so those serving communities with the most need get more support. A ministry spokesperson stated the suggested $20 million budget for the South Island is a "conservative figure" that may "fluctuate" once the actual budget for 2010/11 is rolled out.

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