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Announcing the Release of the National Wellness Gathering Report

June 28, 2024

As Canada Day approaches, it is a time for reflection on the country’s history and its ongoing journey toward truth and reconciliation. In this spirit, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC) are proud to announce the release of the comprehensive report from the National Wellness Gathering for Indian Residential School Survivors and Indian Residential School (IRS) Resolution Health Support Workforce.

From February 13 to 15th, 2024, the National Gathering for Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS), co-hosted by First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), transformed the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC, into a vibrant hub of connection, reflection, and healing. The gathering saw an incredible turnout, maxing out the venue capacity with 999 registrations and over 750 attendees. The event gained more traction in person with walk-ins, demonstrating the increasing interest and need for more IRSS-focused events, gatherings, and support. FPWC and AFN hosted the National Gathering for IRSS on the beautiful traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Read the Full Report

We invite you to read the full report to gain a deeper understanding of the National Wellness Gathering’s outcomes and the path forward for IRS survivors and their communities. Your engagement and support are vital as we continue to work towards healing and reconciliation. Together, we can honour the resilience of IRS survivors and support their journey toward healing and reconciliation.

Insights and Reflections

The report offers a detailed account of the gathering, including:

  • Planning and Preparations: An overview of the meticulous planning and coordination that made this event possible.

  • Event Proceedings: A day-by-day breakdown of the activities, workshops, and discussions that took place.

  • Participant Feedback: Insights and reflections from the survivors and health support workers who attended, highlighting the event’s impact and areas for future focus.


A Path Forward

One of the key themes that emerged from the gathering was the need for permanent, sustainable support for IRS survivors. The discussions emphasized that healing is an ongoing journey, and survivors require continuous spaces to share their stories and receive support. The report sheds light on these critical conversations and offers recommendations for ensuring the longevity of the IRS RHSP program.


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