The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Worker (RHSW) Program provides emotional support services to former Indian Residential School students and their families before, during, and after their participation in Settlement Agreement processes, including the Common Experience Payments and the Independent Assessment Process, and those participating in Truth and Reconciliation Commission events and Commemoration activities.
Resolution Health Support Program Services provide safe, confidential, respectful, and non-judgmental information for Former Indian Residential School students and their families.
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 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, are eligible for 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 School students.
RHSW services include but are not limited to:
- preparation and support for claim hearings
- emotional support to claimants through the hearing process
- emotional support at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and regional events
- assistance with self-care preparation
- educational seminars and workshops to raise awareness about the history and continuing issues from Residential Schools
- community-based workshops on grief and loss, suicide prevention, etc.
- Truth and Reconciliation Event support