Federal Indian Day Schools health support services

Find health support services for individuals affected by the trauma associated with their attendance at an historic Federal Indian Day School.

To find out more or access supports near you, please call the number in your province or territory:

Mental health counselling

Mental health counselling is provided by professionals such as psychologists and social workers who are registered in their province or territory and enrolled with Indigenous Services Canada. Mental health counsellors will work with their clients to develop a wellness plan and provide ongoing individual or family counselling to support healing as determined with the client.

Emotional support

Community-based Indigenous health workers are hired by Indigenous organizations to provide trauma-informed, culturally grounded support to people affected by unresolved trauma associated with attending Indian Day Schools. They provide emotional support and comfort by listening, talking and providing referrals to other services.

Cultural supports

Elders and traditional healers provide cultural supports through local Indigenous organizations to assist clients on their healing journeys. Specific services are determined by the needs of the individuals and may include dialogue, ceremonies, prayers, Elder services or traditional healing.


Wherever possible, assistance with transportation is offered when professional counselling and cultural support services are not locally available. Assistance with transportation costs to see Elders and traditional healers away from home is also available.

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