Episode 3 of the pihtikwê podcast: Dr. Carol Hopkins – Culturally Based Means We Start From Culture First

Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP) Formative Analysis

Following the recovery of mass graves at residential schools across the country, the Resolution Health Support Program (RHSP) working group called for a formative analysis to understand the growing needs of the RHSP workforce.

The formative analysis explores the capacity, needs, and priorities of this workforce that takes into consideration the additional duties and responsibilities related to Indian Day School, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the Sixties Scoop, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events, and ground penetrating searches. There are two components to this analysis: Contribution agreement holder surveys and focus groups with frontline staff (Resolution Health Support Workers and Cultural Support Providers). The goal is to have a representation of voices from coast to coast to coast.

The RHSP working group has guided and continues to support this work, from the design of the methodology to identifying participants. We currently have two Community Engagement Consultants supporting this project. Focus groups with frontline staff will be completed in the fall of 2023.

The stories collected from the formative analysis will be compiled into a report to accompany the IRS RHSP Qualitative Assessment. Together, the two reports will support advocacy efforts for the program’s continuation and funding equity.

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