The Aboriginal Healing Foundation was an Indigenous-led non-profit organization that operated from 1998 to 2014. It was created after the federal government committed $350 million in 1998 to create a “Healing Strategy” to address the legacy of residential schools. The Foundation’s purpose was to foster and support community-based healing initiatives by conducting research and providing funding to various related projects.
The Aboriginal Healing Foundation received another federal grant of $40 million in 2005, and $125 million in 2007, as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The Foundation invested interest generated on the federal grants to support community programs. It ceased operations in 2014, when its mandate expired.
During its mandate, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation funded several community-designed and delivered healing initiatives. These included commemorations of survivors, counselling, skills workshops, programs aimed at prevention of violence and abuse, addictions treatment, training of healers, and other healing activities. The Foundation also published annual reports, funded research and engaged in discussions with community members about the trauma of residential schools. (See also Intergenerational Trauma and Residential Schools.)