Health and Healing

The Government is committed to a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. An important part of this process is working closely with former students, their families, and communities in support of projects that promote healing. Under the terms of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, Health Canada provides mental health and emotional supports through the Resolution Health Support Program. Additionally, the Settlement Agreement provided $125 million to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for community-based healing initiatives.

Health Canada's role

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP), provides mental health and emotional support services directly to former students and their families as they participate in the component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. This includes professional counseling services, paraprofessional services through Aboriginal community-based workers, many whom speak Aboriginal languages, culturally appropriate supports with Elders, and transportation to access supports not available in the home community.

For more information, please visit the Health Canada website.