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26 Feb 2015

MCPEI Residential School Program will be hosting Two Overnight Healing Retreats for Survivors and/or Descendents.

 
A Women’s Overnight Retreat will be Held on March 7, 2015
A  Men’s Overnight Retreat will be held on March 21, 2015 

Come join us for some fun, crafts and teachings as well as special gifts to participants!!...

Click here for FOR REGISTRATION FORM AND MORE INFORMATION

 

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The Indian Residential School Program
Cultural Support Provider: Alma MacDougall, BScN, RN
The objectives of the Cultural Support to Survivors of Indian Residential Schools aspect of the Health Program include the following:
·         To increase the capacity of Residential School survivors and their families to move forward in their journey towards healing from the negative effects of the Indian Residential School experience.
·         To ensure Residential School survivors and their families are aware of and have access to appropriate mental health, wellness, and cultural supports.
·         To increase awareness and understanding amongst relevant service providers, Federal government divisions, and Provincial government sectors of the impact of the Indian Residential School experience on Residential School survivors, their families, and the PEI Mi’kmaq community.
·         To increase the capacity of, and collaboration amongst, relevant service providers, Federal government divisions, Provincial government sectors, and other Aboriginal organizations to better meet the support and service needs of Residential School survivors and their families.
 
 
 
 
The key activities include the following:
  • Consult with Residential School survivors and their families to identify their needs, as well as gaps in current services/programs.
  • Work with relevant service providers, Federal government divisions, Provincial government sectors, and other Aboriginal organizations to help meet the needs of Residential School survivors and their families, and address the gaps in services/programs. 
  • Provide support and guidance to Residential School survivors and their families working through the resolution process – i.e. assessment process proceedings, Indian Residential School support hearings, truth and reconciliation, etc.
  • Provide debrief support to other service providers working with Residential School survivors and their families.
  • Conduct presentations and education sessions with Mi’kmaq communities, and relevant service providers and Provincial government sectors on the impact of the Indian Residential School experience on Indian Residential School survivors and their families.
  • Work directly with Residential School survivors and their families through home visits, one-on-one counselling, and/or group sessions to support them in their healing and ensure they have access mental health, wellness, and cultural supports as needed. 
  • Provide Residential School survivors and their families with education and training in self help modalities to help them with their healing – i.e. guided meditation, grounding, self calming, etc.
  • Organize and conduct regular visits to each health centre and the Aboriginal Women’s Association to support and assist front line staff working with Residential School survivors and their families.
  • Incorporate cultural awareness and healing into Mi’kmaq activities, events, programs, and groups were appropriate – i.e. Pow Wows, community barbeques, community meetings, etc.
  • Inform Residential School survivors and their families of traditional Mi’kmaq practitioners within the community, and refer them to traditional Mi’kmaq practitioners as requested.
  • Actively support and contribute to key local, regional, and national committees, networks, programs, and boards that focus on improving the mental health and cultural wellbeing of Residential School survivors and their families – i.e. Seniors Secretariat Elder Abuse Network, PEI Indian Residential School Working Group, PEI Critical Incident Stress Management Network, etc.
  • Support other Mi’kmaq programs in related efforts – i.e. PRIDE Family Program, Suicide Prevention, etc.
  • Review programs/services available to Residential School survivors and their families yearly, and up-date the PEI Indian Residential School Resource Guide as needed.
  • Disseminate the PEI Indian Residential School Resource Guide to key service providers who work with Residential School survivors.
  • Review current research and keep up-to-date on new trends, issues, programs, and policies that could have an impact on Residential School survivors and their families.
  • Establish and maintain solid working relationships with other Indian Residential School workers.
  • Attend professional development events/training sessions as needed to maintain professional qualifications, gain knowledge, and enhance skills.