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Name of Horizontal Initiative: Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement - Health Supports component

Name of lead department(s): Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

Lead department program: Residential Schools Resolution

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: September 2003 (RHSP), July 2004 (Crisis Line)

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: March 31, 2016 (RHSP) March 31, 2016 (Crisis Line)

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $480,690,019

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement): AANDC's Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector supports former students in crisis by funding the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line, a national, 24-hour toll-free support service (1-866-925-4419) operated by trained Aboriginal crisis counselors. AANDC is also responsible for coordinating the verification of program eligibility, and ensuring that Health Canada is aware of dates for Independent Assessment Process hearings and Truth and Reconciliation and Commemoration events as they arise, so that health supports can be provided to former students in a seamless fashion.

Health Canada's Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP), a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) ensures that former students of Indian residential schools and their families can safely address a broad spectrum of mental wellness issues related to the disclosure of childhood abuse through all phases of the IRSSA. The RHSP components include: cultural support services provided by Elders; emotional support services provided by Resolution Health Support Workers (RHSWs); professional counseling; and assistance with the cost of transportation to access counseling, Elder, and/or Traditional Healer services.

Shared outcome(s): The IRSSA Health Supports component works toward the achievement of two outcomes:

Governance structure(s): AANDC is responsible for the overall implementation of the IRSSA and is working in partnership with Health Canada to coordinate and provide services for former Indian residential school students throughout all phases of the IRSSA.

Planning Highlights

The Health Supports component will:

Federal Partner: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Federal Partner Program Names of programs funded under the horizontal initiative ($ millions)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for 2013–2014

* Total allocation above includes $8,963,924 that is being held in a frozen allotment for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Residential Schools Resolution Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line 38,892,019* 4,268,356
Total 38,892,019* 4,268,356

Expected results by program: Demand-driven health supports are provided to former Indian residential school students and their families through all phases of the IRSSA.

Federal Partner: Health Canada
Federal Partner Program Names of programs funded under the horizontal initiative ($ millions)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for 2013–2014

* Total allocation above includes $116,800,000 that is being held in a frozen allotment for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

First Nations and Inuit Health Programming and Services Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program 441,798,000* 65,400,000
Total 441,798,000* 65,400,000

Expected results by program: Demand-driven health support services are accessible to former Indian residential school students and their families throughout all phases of the IRSSA.

Total Allocation For All Federal Partners (from Start to End Date) Total Planned Spending for All Federal Partners for 2013–2014

* Total allocation above includes $125,763,924 that is being held in a frozen allotment for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

$480,690,019* $69,668,356

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners (if applicable): N/A

Contact information

Health Canada:
Andrea Challis
Manager, Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program
Mental Health and Addictions Division
Community Programs Directorate
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada
Telephone: (613) 952-1377
andrea.challis@hc-sc.gc.ca

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada:
Alia Butt
A/Director General,
Settlement Agreement Policy and Partnerships
Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Telephone: 613-996-2603
alia.butt@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca

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