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Table 20: Horizontal Initiatives

DPR Horizontal Initiative

1. Indian Residential Schools (IRS) Resolution Health Support Program (formerly Mental Health Support Program)

2. Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC)

3. Start Date of the Horizontal Initiative:
November 30, 2006

4. End Date of the Horizontal Initiative:
March 31, 2013

5. Total Federal Funding Allocation (start to end date):

6. Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement): The IRS Resolution Health Support Program component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement ensures that eligible former students, and their families, have access to an appropriate level of mental wellness support services so that they may safely address a broad spectrum of mental wellness issues related to the disclosure of childhood abuses. Main program components include: the national 24-hour a day toll free Indian Residential School Crisis Line administered and operated by an Aboriginal organization with trained Aboriginal crisis counsellors and funded by IRSRC; Emotional support services provided by Resolution Health Support Workers, Cultural support services provided by Elders; Professional Counselling, and transportation to access counselling and/or Elder services.

7. Shared Outcome(s): ): Healing for former Indian Residential Schools students and their families as they go through the IRS Settlement Agreement process.

8. Governance Structure(s): Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada is responsible for the overall Settlement Agreement model and is working in partnership with Health Canada to ensure required services required for former Indian Residential School students. Various program components of the Resolution Health Support Program will be delivered separately by Health Canada and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada.

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada responsibilities relating to the Resolution Health Support Program include:

  • Communicating the entire IRS Settlement Agreement to former Indian Residential Schools students and Aboriginal communities, including the various components of the Resolution Health Support Program;
  • Facilitating Health Canada's verification of eligibility;
  • Ensuring that Health Canada's Resolution Health Support Program is aware of dates for Alternative Dispute Resolution/Independent Assessment Process hearings, litigation, and Truth and Reconciliation and Commemoration events as they arise, so that Resolution Health Support Program regional coordinators are prepared to address high claimant settlement areas.

9. Federal Partner(s)

10. Names of Programs for the Federal Partner(s)

11. Total Allocation From Start to End Date

12. Planned Spending for 2006–07

13. Actual Spending in 2006–07

14. Planned Results for 2006–07

15. Results Achieved in 2006–07

Health Canada

Resolution Health Support Program




Contribute to the safe and compassionate resolution of claims relating to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools by providing access to mental wellness support services to eligible former IRS students and their families.

Expanded access to Health Canada's Resolution Health Support Program to ensure that former students and their families receive mental wellness support services

16. Comments on Variance(s): Mental wellness support is a demand driven service that requires client uptake, which is somewhat unpredictable. Lapsing vote 1 funds were carried forward to 2006-2007