The Health and Social Development Department coordinates and addresses issues and activities pertaining to health and social development within CYFN. The Department facilitates coordination and/or acts as a liaison and/or an advocate on health and social issues nationally, regionally and locally that affect Yukon First Nation’s health and well being. When appropriate, the department assists/guides Yukon First Nations to develop, implement and evaluate the delivery of health and social programs in their community. The Department also identifies needs and workable alternatives for health and social service delivery in conjunction with the First Nations Health and Social Development Commission, the Grand Chief and the Leadership Board.
The following are some of the projects and services – past and present – that the Health and Social Development Department delivers.
Resolution Health Support Workers Program and Cultural Support Program
This program is to assist former Indian Residential School students in the Independent Assessment Hearing Process. They provide emotional support before, during and after the hearing process. We have 3.5 RHSW’s to assist. We also bring together Health Canada, lawyers and other RHSW’s to increase communication and collaboration to improve services regularly.
Personal Education Credits:
Personal Education Credits for those who attended Indian Residential School:
The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement stipulates that once all Common Experience Payments (CEP) have been made, if more than $40 million remains in the Trust Fund, the funds are to be made available to CEP Recipients, upon application, in the form of non-cash Personal Credits of up to $3,000 each for educational purposes.
- CEP Recipients will be able to choose to transfer their Personal Credits to certain Family Members as defined in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Terms and Conditions;
- Terms and Conditions for Personal Credits have been developed by Canada and the Assembly of First Nations and by Canada and Inuit Representatives to determine which Education Entities and Groups and which Educational Programs and Services are eligible;
- Once the Personal Credits have been distributed, any amount remaining in the Trust Fund is to be paid to the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund and the Inuvialuit Education Foundation to be used for educational programs.
CYFN Resolution Health Support Workers are available to provide emotional support. Please call 867-393.9200