The newly launched Survivors’ Healing Program (SHP) provides support, information, advocacy and systems navigation for southern First Nations citizens.
The program currently has two focus areas:
Advocate and Coordinate for Community Supports
The program provides supports, system navigation, and advocacy to families and Survivors of:
- Residential schools and Day schools;
- the Sixties Scoop and child welfare system; and,
- the national emergency of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two spirit, and gender-diverse people (MMIWG2S+).
Our liaisons are ready to assist and advocate for families interacting with various colonial systems, and to help in the coordination of gatherings while providing emotional support to Survivors and their families.
Honouring Families and Survivors Grant
This grant provides grants to our member Nations to host events, gatherings and/or ceremonies to honour Survivors and their families of the residential and day schools, Sixties Scoop, child welfare system and MMIWG2s+. (Please see information below.)
This webpage provides information on:
- Why the program exists
- How the team help
- What can I expect when I ask for help?
- SCO’s work on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two spirit, and gender-diverse people (MMIWG2S+)
- Looking back at the Survivors’ Healing Gathering 2023
- How to Access the Survivors’ Healing Fund
- Contact the Team
Why the program exists
At the direction of the Chiefs of the southern First Nations, SCO created this program to help address and respond to the devastating effects of colonial practices that we see in our families and First Nations. Those impacted by residential and day schools, the nation emergency of MMIWG2SLGBTQQIA+, the Sixties Scoop, and the child welfare system have faced the brunt of colonialism and adverse effects on the health and wellbeing.
How the team can help
The Survivors’ Healing Program liaisons can provide information, advocacy, systems navigation, and referrals to help you access the programs, services, and support you need. They can provide you with information and programs and connect you with services.
What can I expect when I ask for help?
You will speak with one of our liaisons who can best help you. We will ask you general questions to learn more about your situation.
From there, our liaisons will support and guide you to the most appropriate services and programs.
If there are obstacles, barriers or other issues in accessing services, we will advocate to assist you in getting the support you need.
SCO’s work on the issue of MMIWG2S+
SCO has been a Manitoba Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Coalition partner since its inception and is one of the signatories to the Coalition as a Party with Standing before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The 231 Calls for Justice stemming from the National Inquiry’s final report are legal imperatives rooted in Canada’s obligations under international and domestic human rights law.
Gagannaawenimaanaanig (MMIWG2SLGBTQQIA+) & the Canada Wide Emergency
GIGANAWENIMAANAANIG (“we all take care of them”) is the name of the Manitoba MMIWG2S+ Implementation Committee. SCO is a founding member of this committee.
SCO has been an active member and supported the work of GIGANAWENIMAANAANIG through planning and coordinating various events, such as the upcoming MMIWG2S+ Regional Roundtable that will bring together MMIWG2S+ families and Survivors of gender-based violence with provincial and federal governments.
SCO staff members also assist with grassroots efforts to honour and remember all those impacted by the tragedy of MMIWG2S+, such as though community walks, memorials, and other events.
SCO supported the passing of the motion by the House of Commons to declare the deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls a Canada-wide emergency on May 3, 2023. This declaration calls for funding of a new “Red Dress Alert,” which would be a system to alert the public when someone goes missing,
Looking back at the Survivors’ Healing Gathering 2023 – Mino-si-toon Wichozani
Miigwetch, pidamiye, and thank you to the 550 Survivors from more than 79 First Nations who joined us in February 2023 for our first annual Survivors’ Healing Gathering! Survivors came together to learn, share, and heal together over two days.
In Anishinaabemowin, the word “Mino-si-toon” means “putting things right” or “doing things in a good way.” In Dakota, the word “Wichozani” means “healing.” SCO thanks the Elders and Survivors involved in the planning for sharing these words with us. SCO is using these two words together to indicate our movement forward in our lives and that we are putting things in a good way on our healing journey.
There were panel discussions and information sessions on topics including:
- reclaiming our traditional teachings
- how to access child and family services files for Sixties Scoop Survivors
- presentations on harm reduction and grief and loss
- Elder and Grandmother teachings
- language workshop
- medicine bag and medicine doll making as well as orange shirt and red dress beading workshops
- cedar baths
- reiki and massage therapy
- pipe and water ceremonies
Accessing the Survivors’ Healing Fund
How does your community want to honour Survivors and the children who never made it home?
Recognizing that communities know best how to remember the children and honour Survivors of the residential and day schools, Sixties Scoop, child welfare system, and MMIWG2s+, SCO is providing grants to our member Nations wanting to host events, gatherings, ceremonies or to develop a monument or memorial.
- The SHP will offer one grant per First Nation. Grant applications must include a letter of support from your Chief and Council.
- Communities are eligible for $20,000 in funding.
- Cheques will be sent in care of the First Nation, or to a community host organization with the approval of Chief and Council.
- Please apply for funding as soon as possible and at least three weeks before your event.
You can access our application form by clicking here.
Applications and questions can be emailed to:
or faxed to 204-946-1871
Survivors’ Healing Program
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
Keeley Phillips, Program Lead – Survivors’ Healing Program
Toll Free: 1.866.876.9701
Anna Huard, MMIWG2S+ Liaison – Survivors’ Healing Program
Toll Free: 1.866.876.9701
Martina Fisher, IRS/IDS Liaison – Survivors’ Healing Program
Toll Free: 1.866.876.9701