The Indian Residential Schools settlement has made money available for group healing activities, but so far, nobody in the Northwest Territories has applied.
The Group Independent Assessment Process allows organizations to apply for grants to hold cultural activities such as sweats, round dances and healing circles.
Joe Pintarics, the director of the Friendship Centre in Behchoko, says one reason no one has applied may be that the money people can access isn’t enough to meet the high costs of offering programming in the North.
The program offers grants of up to $3,500 per person.
“Just the costs involved for delivering services are so enormous,” Pintarics says. “Anything from travel to services — just getting people to places.”
Pintarics says funding healing programs has become even harder since the Aboriginal Healing Foundation ended last year.
The deadline to apply for money for group healing projects is March 31.