Call to Action #21 - Sustainable Funding for New & Existing Healing Centres
6 years after its release, I am finally digging into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. There are 72 days left in the year and the goal is to read and reflect on at least one call to action daily for the remainder of the year. Thank you for joining me on this journey. May our endeavour together be a catalyst for lasting progress and affect meaningful change in Canada.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOSHUA PAWIS-STECKLEY
Under the Health category, the 21st Call To Action is:
“21. We call upon the federal government to provide sustainable funding for existing and new Aboriginal healing centres to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harms caused by residential schools, and to ensure that the funding of healing centres in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories is a priority.”
Indigenous Watchdog Status Update: In Progress
"Beginning with Budget 2016 and through Budgets 2017 and 2018, the Federal government has committed over $350M to support various initiatives to address C2A # 21 including a focus on culturally sensitive healing services in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Response does not directly address funding “Aboriginal Healing Centres” but focuses instead on what program areas the budget allocations will be focused on:
mental wellness promotion
services for former Indian Residential School students and their families
substance use and suicide prevention
crisis response services, treatment and aftercare in First Nations and Inuit communities. "
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