Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP) provides mental health and emotional support services to eligible former Indian Residential School students and their families throughout all phases of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, including:
  • Common Experience Payments (CEP)
  • Independent Assessment Process (IAP),
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) events
  • Commemorative activities
Resolution Health Support Program Services are safe, confidential, respectful, and non-judgmental.
INFORMATION FOR FORMER INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Program Eligibility
  • Services Available
  • Accessing Health Support
  • Coping with Emotional Reactions

Program Eligibility

All former Indian Residential School students, regardless of the individual's status or place of residence within Canada, who attended an Indian Residential School listed in the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement are eligible to receive services from the Resolution Health Support Program.

In recognition of the intergenerational impacts that the Indian Residential Schools had on families, Resolution Health Support Program services are also available to family members of former Indian Residential Schools students. The family of former students is defined as:

  • spouse or partner;
  • those raised by or raised in the household of a former Indian Residential School student; and,
  • any relation who has experienced effects of intergenerational trauma associated with a family member's time at an Indian Residential School.
Health Canada verifies eligibility of persons requesting IRS RHSP services with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, which holds data on former students who attended those Indian Residential Schools that are part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

SERVICES AVAILABLE

Cultural Support

Cultural supports are provided by local Aboriginal organizations who coordinate the services of Elders and/or traditional healers. Cultural supports seek to assist former students and their families to safely address issues related to Indian Residential Schools as well as the disclosure of abuse during the Settlement Agreement process. Specific services are chosen by the former student and/or family member and can include traditional healing, ceremonies, teachings and dialogue.

Emotional Support

Services are provided by local Aboriginal organizations and are designed to help former students and their families safely address issues related to the negative impacts of the Indian Residential Schools as well as the disclosure of abuse during the Settlement Agreement process. A Resolution Health Support Worker will listen, talk and provide support to former students and their family members through all phases of the Settlement Agreement process.

Professional Counselling

Professional counsellors are psychologists and social workers that are registered with Health Canada, for individual or family counselling. A professional counsellor will listen, talk and assist individuals to find ways of healing from Indian Residential School experiences.

Health Canada's Non Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP) developed a joint Guide to Mental Health Counselling Services which outlines the criteria, guidelines and policies under which the NIHB Program's Mental Health Counselling benefit and the Individual and Family Counselling component of the IRS RHSP operate.

In the Guide you will find information regarding:

  • Provider enrolment process;
  • Client eligibility;
  • Benefit coverage;
  • Prior approval process;
  • Claim submission; and
  • Procedure for appeals.

ACCESSING HEALTH SUPPORT

Please contact the Resolution Health Support Program Regional Office in your Province or Territory.
When you call the Health Canada regional office, they will request your name and date of birth in order to confirm that you are eligible to access services under the Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program. If you are a family member of a former student, the name and date of birth of the family member who attended residential school will be required to confirm your eligibility.

Once eligibility is confirmed, the Health Canada official will work with you to arrange the health support services you have requested.

Program name (alternate):  (IRS RHSP)

Address / Contact Info

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program Health Canada

Phone Numbers

Toll-free : 1-866-925-4419

Service Details

Languages spoken: English

Web Links

This program was last updated on 06 Nov 2016.