Crisis Response and Indian Residential School Support Program

Nodin’s Crisis Response and Indian Residential School Support (IRS) Program provides crisis intervention and support to immediate families impacted by tragic incidents occurring within their family unit (e.g. suicide, homicide, tragic accidents etc.). The teams are mobilized only upon request from the community and the community determines what type of support they require. The Crisis Response Program team members include a Supervisor, Coordinator, contractual Crisis Team Counsellors/Traditional Workers and volunteer crisis teams from neighboring communities. This is a fast-paced service that responds to crisis as quickly as possible. They work with family members that are in crisis/at risk, refer to appropriate resources and make sure planning is done to ensure there is immediate service for the family unit.  The volunteer teams come from communities close by where a tragedy has happened; providing comfort and support in any way they can to the community at a great time of need.  The Crisis Response Program’s success is their ability to do whatever is necessary to give families of tragedy and community members of tragedy much needed counselling and support. 

This service does not provide ongoing individual counselling. If you are seeking counselling and are going through a personal crisis, please contact Nodin and/or the list of resources available below. If you have an emergency which requires immediate assistance and someone’s life is threatened, please refer to your community’s emergency department (911 or local police detachment).

Contact Information

Monday – Friday: 8:30 – 4:30

Vicki Hartnett
Crisis Response / IRS Program Supervisor
T: (807) 737-6146
After Hours/Weekends & Holidays T: (807) 737-9257

Useful Resources

Kids Help Phone – 1 (800) 668-6868
A 24/7 Children and youth crisis line, providing confidential counselling for children and youth.

Call 211 (in Ontario)
211 provides free, confidential, multilingual access to information about the full range of community, social, health and government services in your area. All 211 calls are answered by live operators who assess each caller’s needs and link them to the best available services and programs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. provides a directory of mental health assistance, resources and events sorted by province and community. It offers anonymous, confidential and trustworthy information, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We-Chee-Way-Win Crisis Line – 1 (800) 465-2600