Canada Supports Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council’s Community Healing Activities


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A National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line provides emotional support and crisis referral services to residential school survivors and their families. Call the toll-free crisis line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.




The Hope for Wellness Helpline also offers support to all Indigenous people. Advisors are available by phone or online chat. This service is offered in English and French and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free hotline at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca




The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis Line is available to provide emotional support and crisis referral services to those affected by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. . Call the crisis line toll-free at 1-844-413-6649. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

TEETL’IT GWICH’IN BAND COUNCIL, NWT, August 2, 2022 /CNW/ – The location of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across Canada is a tragic reminder of the abuse that many Indigenous children suffered in these institutions. The government of Canada works with survivors and affected families and communities to address historical harms and lasting physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual damage related to the legacy of residential schools. Part of this work includes efforts to locate and memorialize missing children who attended residential schools, as well as responding to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 72-76.

The Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council undertook work to provide a healthy and safe space for members of their community to mourn and heal those who never returned from residential schools. The band council held two grief and healing workshops for survivors, their families and community members to come together to share their feelings, stories and the ongoing impacts of residential schools. This community-led initiative has allowed the Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council to undertake this work in its own way and at its own pace to advance intergenerational healing.

Today, Wanda Pascal, Chief of the Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council; and the Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced funding totaling $41,140 to the Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council for this important work.

Addressing the harms suffered by survivors, their families and communities is at the heart of reconciliation and is essential to renewing and building relationships with Indigenous peoples, governments and all Canadians.

Quotation

“The funding will support a number of coordinated activities to enable community members, from our youth to our elders, to reconnect with the energy of mother nature. It is good for us to receive this funding and we will continue these earthly activities to heal as a community moving forward.”

Chief Wanda Pascal
Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council

“Our thoughts are with survivors, their families and community members as they embark on their healing journey together, in their own way and at their own pace. We recognize the painful legacy of residential schools and remain committed to helping First Nations deal with the harm done.”

The Honorable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Fast facts

  • The Teetl’it Zheh, meaning “Upper River People”, are a Dene people who live in the Mackenzie Delta near Fort McPherson in the Northwest Territories.
  • Budget 2022 allocated additional budget $122 million over the next three years to the Missing Residential School Children Community Support Funding Program, bringing the Government of from Canada total investment for $238.8 million to date to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 72-76 on missing children from residential schools and burial information.
  • A National Residential School Crisis Line provides emotional support and crisis referrals to residential school survivors and their families. Call the toll-free crisis line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The Hope for Wellness Helpline also offers support to all Indigenous people. Advisors are available by phone or online chat. This service is offered in English and French and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free hotline at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca
  • The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis Line is available to provide emotional support and crisis referral services to those affected by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. . Call the crisis line toll-free at 1-844-413-6649. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Related links

Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council
Missing Children from Residential Schools – Community Support Funding
Government of Canada improves support for Indigenous communities to respond to and recover from the ongoing impacts of residential schools – Canada.ca
Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program
Information on Missing Children and Burials – Calls to Action 72-76

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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

For further information: Media may contact: Renelle Arsenault, Director of Communications, Office of the Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, [email protected]; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-934-2302, [email protected]

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