Below is a list of resources available to support Indigenous communities and peoples or to learn more about First Nations and Métis and Inuit culture.
Mental Health Resources
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free line is 1-800-721-0066. This is a toll-free line for anyone who needs support. 1-866-925-4419 The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience.
If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
National Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419
Additional Health Support Information
Emotional, cultural, and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family, or group basis.
Hope for Wellness Hotline
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer:
Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca. On request, telephone counseling is also available in:
Ways to Donate to Indigenous Organizations in Canada
The core purpose of the NIB Trust Fund is to help First Nations and Métis people and communities address the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools System and to support healing.
A national Indigenous charitable organization with the mandate to educate and create awareness and understanding about the Residential School System, including the intergenerational impacts such as the removal of generations of Indigenous children from their families, including the Sixties Scoop, the post-traumatic stress disorders that many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis continue to experience, all while trying to address racism, foster empathy and understanding and inspire action to improve the situation of Indigenous Peoples today. The LHF supports the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors, and their families and seeks their input on projects that honour them.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is a British Columbia-based organization that has been providing services to residential school survivors for over 20 years. It started out by helping residential school survivors navigate the court systems and has since expanded to help descendants of residential school survivors and engaging in community education for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation provides educational resources for Canadians to learn more about residential schools across the country.
The Orange Shirt Society is a non-profit organization with its home in Williams Lake, BC where Orange Shirt Day began in 2013. The purpose of the society is:
Works to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and their families through education initiatives, public policy campaigns and providing quality resources to support communities.
Aims to improve the lives on Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians.
The MNOC promotes unity among legitimate Métis organizations and communities across Canada through partnership treaties.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is an Ottawa-based organization aiming to improve the health and well-being of Inuit.
The Canadian Roots Exchange is a youth-led organization that aims to empower young Canadians to stand in solidarity with Indigenous people.
Reconciliation Canada, an Indigenous-led organization, began in September 2012 with a bold vision to promote reconciliation by engaging Canadians in dialogue that revitalizes the relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in order to build vibrant, resilient, and sustainable communities.
Friendship Centres provide culturally relevant programs and services for Indigenous people living in urban centres across Canada in multiple areas including, health, shelter, youth, justice, and development. Friendship Centres have become a place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together, to share traditions, and learn from one another. Click here to find the closest Friendship Centre to you.
Granting opportunities for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students
Funding information for Inuit peoples can be found through Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). Please visit https://www.itk.ca/ for more information.
Use the Bursary Search Tool from the Government of Canada to find a bursary or scholarship specific to your province and/or program of studies. The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of 518 bursaries, scholarships, and incentives across Canada. Click here for the Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool.
Free Learning Resources
The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations. The NCTR Archives and Collections is the foundation for ongoing learning and research. Here, Survivors, their families, educators, researchers, and the public can examine the residential school system more deeply with the goal of fostering reconciliation and healing. The NCTR works closely with educators from a variety of sectors including the K-12 school system, post-secondary institutions, public service and professional sectors to provide access to materials and resources that can aid Canadians of any age to learn about and participate in reconciliation.
University of Alberta Native Studies Department offers a FREE online course titled Indigenous Canada. It is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Go to here to sign up for this free online course.
The atlas has four sections for readers to explore and learn more about: Truth and Reconciliation, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures. The atlas was created by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Indspire.
A tool to bring together First Nations and non-First Nations people and foster a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and action. The AFN Toolkit consists of 22 learning modules that have been designed to enhance the understanding of important First Nations topics to ensure both students and teachers are learning in and out of the classroom.
To realize true Reconciliation requires consistent efforts by all individuals, communities, service providers, leaders, and all levels of government. The LHF works with teachers, school boards and universities, policing agencies, governments, and officials, banks, unions, private businesses, etc. to help meet these goals with a unique and comprehensive collection of resources, exhibitions, workshops, research reports, etc. Access their Resource section here: https://legacyofhope.ca/english/education/