Eligible Proposals for the Group Independent Assessment Process (IAP) Initiative

For the purpose of this Call for Proposals (CFP), funding will be provided to successful applicants to undertake a resolution healing plan identifying activities focusing on one or both of the following Group IAP objectives:

  • Affect healing by helping former residential school students who have been admitted to the IAP who share similar experiences (school, community, issues) to support each other in their journey towards healing and reconciliation; and
  • Empowering individuals by giving them access to tools and resources to develop, enhance and strengthen relationships between former students, their families, their communities, and with other Canadians in support of healing and reconciliation during the IAP and/or after their IAP hearing.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are incorporated not-for-profit groups (public or private organizations, or entities formally established by a survivor group) designated by eligible participants (group members) to manage and administer their Group IAP program. A recipient must be incorporated prior to entering into a contribution agreement with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS).

Please note that a First Nation Band is not considered a not-for-profit incorporated organization and applications from First Nation Bands are not considered eligible. The Group IAP Team is available to discuss potential options that you might consider in relation to incorporation.

Individuals who are admitted into the IAP as a claimant by IRSAS are eligible to participate in the Group IAP program as group members. The eligibility criteria includes current IAP claimants and may include individuals who have already completed their IAP claim, regardless of whether they received compensation. In addition, the group as a whole must apply to IRSAS to be accepted as an eligible recipient under Group IAP.

Group Coordinators can contact IRSAS before the beginning of the CFP to receive verification of who are eligible members for their groups. Each group member must fully complete and sign the 2019/20 Group IAP consent form. The names of potential group members are not shared without the claimant’s consent. The consent form must be submitted by the Group Coordinator by mail to:

Group IAP Submissions
Group IAP Unit
Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat
25 Eddy Street, 7th Floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H4

Mailing the originals to the Group IAP Unit will allow verification to be completed. Group IAP Team will provide verification using an internal system.

Eligible Activities

If the activities clearly demonstrate healing for the eligible group members from their residential school experience, and the group members want the activity, the proposal will be assessed for eligibility.

Types of eligible activities can include but are not limited to:

  • Traditional and cultural activities such as: the use of traditional land or ceremonies, including sweats, round dances, pow-wows, sharing circles, healing circles, potlatch ceremonies, etc.
  • Non-traditional activities: Counseling workshops (ie. conducted by para-professionals).
  • Life skills workshops such as: setting up a bank account, budgeting and/or investing (with settlement money).
  • Parenting skills workshops: To teach the skills the group members or their children never learned when they attended residential school.
  • Events: An event for the group, family and/or community members to come together for a feast or an organized activity to contribute to a more holistic approach to healing.

Eligible Costs

Acceptable expenditures for the Group IAP program include (please note that all eligible costs are subject to assessment based on reasonable expenditures):

  • Fees related to the incorporation of the group for the purposes of applying for Group IAP funding;
  • Salaries, wages and benefits for the group coordinator and administrative support person;
  • Travel, accommodations, transportation, meals and daily living allowance for the group coordinator and group members when required to travel in accordance with rates and allowances listed in the National Joint Council Travel Directive (Appendix B - Kilometric Rates and Appendix C - Allowances);
  • Training and professional development for the group coordinator as well as relatives of group participants who are providing support at home;
  • Research and resource materials;
  • Small gifts consistent with local cultural practices, offered to Elders, facilitators and/or other individuals in acknowledgement of their services to the group;
  • Expenses related to the holding of workshops, events and activities; and
  • Administrative expenses related to the Group IAP program (i.e. rent, office supplies, equipment, telecommunications, printing, community information initiatives, data collection, analysis and reporting, evaluation, and incremental fees for accounting and audit services).

Expenditures for construction, operation and maintenance of facilities, and long term lease arrangements are not eligible expenditures under this program.

A detailed budget breakdown will be required as part of the Group IAP Proposal. More information on how to complete this is provided in document, “How to Develop Your Proposal.”

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