Indian Residential Schools (IRS) Resolution Health Support Program (RHSP)
The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program provides mental health, cultural and emotional support services to former Indian Residential School students and their families. Services are offered before, during and after their participation in Settlement Agreement process.
Support is provided with Common Experience Payments application (if eligible) and the Independent Assessment Process as well as for participants at Truth and Reconciliation Commission events, Commemoration activities as well as community proceedings.
The goal of SERDC’s Indian Residential Schools (IRS) Resolution Health Support Program is to ensure that eligible Former IRS Students and their family have access to mental wellness support services. The program also serves to ensure that eligible Former IRS Students can safely address a broad spectrum of mental wellness issues related to disclosure of their IRS experiences.
SERDC has staff working in two different roles within this program. The Resolution Health Support Worker (RHSW) serves to help former students and their families safely address issues related to the negative impacts of the Indian Residential Schools as well as the resulting effects of 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.
The Cultural Support Provider (CSP) coordinates the services of Elders and/or traditional healers and seeks to assist former students and their families to safely address issues related to Indian Residential Schools. In addition, the CSP offers spiritual support for those in need as a result of disclosure of abuse during the Settlement Agreement process.
Specific services may be requested by the former student and/or family members and may include traditional healing, ceremonies, teachings and dialogue. Finally, both the RHSW and the CSP offer services in the community and schools to enable individuals, families and groups to move beyond the inhibiting effects of Indian Residential Schools.