Ontario gives $800K to Indigenous health teams to address residential school trauma

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Ontario is dedicating $800,000 to Indigenous health-care teams to help people experiencing trauma as a result of the residential school system.

The government says the money will go to eight Indigenous Primary Health Care Council member organizations to enhance the delivery of culture-based mental health and addictions care.

The funding could be used to hire mental-health specialists, such as psychiatrists, social workers and wellness workers, or for training and education, or to develop models of traditional healing such as sweat lodge ceremonies.

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Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford says it will help provide much-needed support for residential school survivors, their families and community members.

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The government says the new funding is in addition to the $20 million that has been committed to support burial investigations at sites of former residential schools across the province.

A 24-hour National Residential School Crisis Line is available for former residential school students at 1-866-925-4419.

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