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Red Cross Psychosocial Support for Schools

01 June 2017

The Honourable Paul Quassa
Minister of Education

Red Cross Psychosocial Support for Schools

Mr. Speaker, the Department recently partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to send trained volunteers into three Nunavut communities to deliver psychosocial support to all layers of the community following critical incidents involving schools.

Psychosocial support is an intervention that brings people together to support each other to cope with stressful events. It is about support, not therapy.

Mr. Speaker, psychosocial support was delivered in Kugaaruk, Cambridge Bay and Chesterfield Inlet.

Mr. Speaker, the psychosocial support that Red Cross extends on behalf of my Department involved the development of short term action plans with school staff. Also, they provided a safe space for school and community members to discuss their emotional reactions to the events. The Red Cross followed- up with second community visits in May. 

The Red Cross has developed strong relationships in our communities as a result of previous trips to conduct training with education staff and students.  This support that Red Cross extends is paid for by my Department.

Mr. Speaker, providing an opportunity for communities to work through traumatic events is an important first step in the healing process. The Department is committed to providing this kind of support to.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.