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The program ensures that Former Indian Residential School (IRS) Students can readily gain access to emotional and crisis-counseling supports so that Former IRS Students can remain safe before, during and after their IAP claim is validated. The Resolution Health Support Worker (RHSW) service is set up to provide a variety of flexible “front-line” safety supports and to coordinate services directly to the IAP process.


  • Attended an Indian Residential School
  • Family member of an Indian Residential School Survivor


Services Provided

  • Identify support needs (contemporary and traditional) and the appropriate source of supports.
  • Provide “on-the-scene” emotional support when required.
  • Provide post hearing support through office visits and in/out of town home visits.
  • Referrals to Health Canada for a determination of their eligibility to qualify for professional counseling services.
  • Referrals to established community services and supports.
  • Offer cultural resources such as sweat lodge ceremonies, cultural retreats, and Sharing Circles.
  • Assist Former IRS Students while they attend their scheduled hearing event.

 Contact Information

Senior Residential Health Support Worker – Debbie Cielen

Phone: 204-925-1205


Directors and Staff

Director of Programs – Jarred Baker

Senior Residential Health Support Worker – Debbie Cielen

Residential Health Support Worker – Lila McKinney

Residential Health Support Worker – Ron Henderson

Residential Health Support Worker – Irvin LeClaire

Residential Health Support Worker – Albert Ratt

Cultural Support Provider – David Budd

Administrative Clerk – Krysten Beardy

Organizational vision statement

The philosophy and therefore the vision of AHWC is founded on the concepts within the medicine wheel, which emphasizes provision of resources that enable individuals to attain a balance in their lifestyle necessary of “health”.

Community News/Events (Sweats, Medicine Picking, Sharing Circles, Retreats etc.)

Sharing Circles:  Wednesdays (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) Please RSVP your attendance at 204-925-1204

  1. Nov 18, 2015
  2. Dec 2, 2015
  3. Dec 16, 2016
  4. Jan 13, 2016
  5. Jan 27, 2016
  6. Feb 10, 2016
  7. Feb 24, 2016
  8. Mar 9, 2015
  9. Mar 23, 2016

Sweatlodge Ceremony:  Fridays:  (Arrive at 8:45am – 2:30 pm) Please RSVP your attendance at 204-925-1204

  1. Nov 20, 2015
  2. Feb 19, 2016
  3. Mar  4, 2016


IRS Christmas Feast:  Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 ( 11am – 2 pm) Please RSVP your attendance before Dec 4, 2014 @ 204-925-1204

IRS Cultural Retreats:  Thursday (Bus leaves at 9:30 am)  Please RSVP your attendance at 204-925-1204

  • Mar 17-18, 2016