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Grants available: Holiday Yâkwâmi Car Services


Grants of $2,000 to $5,000 are available to communities of Eeyou Istchee to implement Yâkwâmi car services over the 2023 holiday season.  


What are Yâkwâmi Car Services?

Yâkwâmi Car Services:

  • allow people at social gatherings to call and get a safe ride home. It helps prevent impaired driving (driving after drinking or getting high).  
  • keep the person who uses it safe and protects the community as a whole.  

Yâkwâmi Car Services also reduce other risk factors that can arise when someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, such as: 

  • Passing out outside in the winter cold. 

  • Acts of violence or other forms of abuse and assault. 

  • Needing emergency health care at the CMC. 

Grants are offered by Uschiniichisuu Public Health Department.  

Deadline to apply: Monday, December 18, 2023.

How to apply?

  1. Download and fill out the Yakwami Car Service Grant Form

  2. Send it to Maryjane Petawabano, PPRO (Dependencies) 

  3. Or write to Maryjane Petawabano, PPRO (Dependencies) to request a registration form. 

  1. Forms are also available through community organizers. 




Did You Know?

  • Impaired driving is among the leading criminal causes of death in Canada. With the holidays being the busiest time of the year for social gathering, the risks are higher for driving under the influence.  
  • Impaired driving is preventable. We need to understand the dangers and offer alternatives.  




  • In 2021: There were 116 DUIs (driving under the influence) interceptions in Eeyou Istchee. 

  • In 2018: Mistissini ran a pilot car service for their community during the holidays. EEPF Mistissini reported that no individuals were charged with DUI during this pilot project.  

Yakwami Car Service Grant


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