Component: IHWS – Supportive Resources, Training and Capacity Building

Legislation: Ministry of Community and Social Services Act

Program goals

  • Increased knowledge and awareness of human trafficking in Indigenous communities and related services and supports
  • Service providers and frontline workers have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and tools needed to identify and meet the needs of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Indigenous survivors of human trafficking have increased access to culturally safe and trauma informed services and supports
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of mental health and addictions services to support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Build capacity amongst the Indigenous Anti Human Trafficking Liaisons to increase awareness and knowledge on the complex trauma and long-term effects of human trafficking

Service objectives

  • The Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaisons (IAHTLs) and Specialized Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) Liaisons will work with Indigenous communities and organizations to deliver on the following objectives
  • Strengthen agency, community, and survivor capacity
  • Support the development and delivery of Indigenous-led initiatives
  • Support Indigenous-specific prevention and awareness
  • The IAHTLs and Specialized MHA Liaisons will work with non-Indigenous agencies to deliver on the following objectives
  • Support agencies in systems navigation to ensure Indigenous women and girls are connected to appropriate services and supports provided by an Indigenous organization
  • Support increased knowledge and awareness of the differences between human trafficking of Indigenous women and non-Indigenous women
  • Support the increased knowledge and awareness of Indigenous worldviews of mental health and addictions

Service description

  • IAHTLs and Specialized MHA Liaisons work with communities to identify community needs and assist in building capacity to address trafficking and support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • IAHTLs will support Indigenous communities and organizations in identifying, building and connecting Indigenous survivors of human trafficking to culturally responsive services
  • Specialized MHA Liaisons will support organizations and individuals in identifying, building and connecting Indigenous survivors of human trafficking to dedicated culturally responsive mental health and addictions support
  • Support non-Indigenous organizations to build and maintain relationships with appropriate Indigenous organizations and service providers

People served

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit survivors of human trafficking
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and service providers
  • First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous communities

Program / Service Features

The Program/Services contracted by the Ministry will reflect the following features

  • The program and related projects and services are designed, managed and delivered by and for Indigenous peoples
  • Liaisons utilize a culture based, strengths based and trauma informed approaches
  • Liaisons will be responsive to the needs of Indigenous communities in rural, remote and fly-in communities. This includes responding to trends around mining and resource extraction and the increased risk of trafficking in communities that are affected
  • Programming is voluntary and recognizes the complexity of human trafficking and the autonomy of survivors/survivors and their right to self-determination

Specific services delivered may include

Training & support activities

  • Provide training and capacity building to help Indigenous organizations and service agencies develop and deliver culturally responsive, trauma informed engagement models and resources for Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Assess local agencies’ knowledge and capacity to address issues related to human trafficking, and provide consultation on how service plans, programs and policies can better meet the needs of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Support the identification of community needs, community driven strategies, local service models and service delivery protocols
  • Support Indigenous organizations in the development of provincially funded human trafficking related projects and initiatives
  • Inform programming by providing education on new and emerging trends, and the spectrum of human trafficking

Community and survivor engagement, collaboration and relationship-building, education and awareness

  • Build relationships and collaborate with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, organizations and service agencies across the service system to help identify
    • human trafficking trends and targeted populations
    • gaps in existing service delivery systems
    • opportunities to improve local responses and supports to human trafficking
    • service system planning and community/sector capacity building needs (e.g., training, resources)
  • Participate in, lead or support in establishing (as appropriate/relevant) regional Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions and Committees
  • Engage with survivors to gather information on their needs and priorities as well as current gaps in services and locally led best practices from a survivor perspective
  • Facilitate survivor involvement and voices in the design of policies, programs and services at both the local and provincial level
  • Deliver community education and awareness raising activities
  • Develop education, awareness, and prevention materials, tools and resources
  • Report on trafficking patterns within and outside identified human trafficking hubs
  • Relationship-building and collaboration with MCCSS and ministry partners to inform provincial policy and program development to support the needs of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Participate in the development and implementation of provincial public awareness campaigns and prevention initiatives to ensure these are informed by the perspectives and lived experiences of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Provide access to Indigenous healing and cultural supports for survivors, including teachings, healing circles, ceremonies, and land-based healing activities

Specialized mental health & addictions (MHA) anti-human trafficking liaisons

Specialized MHA Liaisons will work with community to identify community needs and assist in building capacity to address mental health, addictions, trafficking and support Indigenous survivors of trafficking. They will also assist in providing targeted service planning and delivery supports to Indigenous agencies and communities, as well as assisting non-Indigenous agencies seeking to provide culturally responsive services to Indigenous survivors of human trafficking.

Specific services delivered may include

Training & support activities

  • Collaborate with communities and service providers to identify needs and assist in building mental health and addictions capacity to support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Provide targeted ongoing service planning and delivery supports to Indigenous communities and organizations, and non-Indigenous agencies seeking to provide culturally responsive mental health and addictions services
  • Help build the capacity of mental health and addictions providers to connect Indigenous survivors of human trafficking with culturally responsive services
  • Help Indigenous-led anti-human trafficking organizations develop and implement plans to improve access to mental health and addiction information, services, treatments, and supports for priority populations and areas
  • Support non-Indigenous-led agencies to connect with Indigenous organizations to undertake culturally responsive engagement models that reflect the needs of survivors in different stages of trafficking, resources for mental health and addiction services within Indigenous communities (i.e., Training, referral to an Elder).

Community and survivor engagement, collaboration and relationship-building, education and awareness

  • Develop an inventory of available mental health and addictions services and identify service gaps based on the input and experiences of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Support the development and coordination of mental health and addiction service planning protocols with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban and rural Indigenous communities and service providers
  • Support the development of resources to support the needs of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking, as needed
  • Build relationships and collaborate with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, organizations and service agencies across the service system to help identify the mental health and addictions needs of survivors of human trafficking
  • Participate in regional Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions and Committees and any relevant Mental Health and Addictions cross-sector planning tables to ensure consideration of the mental health and addiction service needs of Indigenous survivors of human trafficking at the local, regional and provincial level
  • Raise awareness and promote community education about the relevant mental health and addiction services and supports available for Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Provide or connect survivors and their families with relevant educational materials and available resources

Reporting requirements

Year-end narrative report

  • Service partners are required to create a year-end narrative report that communicates the impacts and outcomes of the program for the following groups
  • Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers
  • Indigenous communities
  • Service partners should include information on ongoing community needs and priorities, as well as gaps and challenges in delivering or collaborating across services for Indigenous survivors of human trafficking
  • Service partners may highlight participant feedback on projects and services and use participants’ own words when possible
  • Narrative reports can utilize creative forms of communication and reporting, including audio, visual, oral and/or written formats
  • Specific information should be included in the year-end report on the impacts and outcomes of the Specialized MHA Liaisons programming. Funding for the Specialized MHA Liaisons is provided through Ontario’s Mental Health & Addictions Strategy and requires service data to be collected through separate data elements (see table below)

Reporting requirements

The following service data will be reported on at an Interim and Final stage. Please refer to your final agreement for report back due dates and targets.

Service Data NameDefinition

# of Trainings: IAHTL

The total number of training sessions provided to Indigenous communities and organizations and non-Indigenous service providers during the reporting period. Each activity held in the reporting period should be counted as 1.

Service data for the Specialized MHA Liaisons should not be included under this data element.

# of Trainings – Specialized MHA Liaisons: IAHTL

The total number of training sessions provided to Indigenous communities and organizations and non-Indigenous service providers by the Specialized MHA Liaisons during the reporting period. Each activity held in the reporting period should be counted as 1.

# of Service Providers: Received Training and Support Services: IAHTL

Unique, or unduplicated, count of service providers who received training and support services during the reporting period. Each organization or community that attended a training session held in the reporting period should be counted as 1.

Service data for the Specialized MHA Liaisons should not be included under this data element.

# of Service Providers: Received Training and Support Services – Specialized MHA Liaisons: IAHTL

Unique, or unduplicated, count of service providers who received training and support services from the Specialized MHA Liaisons during the reporting period. The purpose of this data element is to capture the reach of the program. Each organization or community should be counted only once, even if they accessed training and support services multiple times during the reporting period.

# of Individuals: Received Training: IAHTL

Unique, or unduplicated, count of individuals who attended a training session during the reporting period.

The total number of unique participants for each training activity is added to calculate the total number of individuals who received training in the reporting period. Survivors who access training, education and awareness activities should be included as part of the total count.

Service data for the Specialized MHA Liaisons should not be included under this data element.

# of Individuals: Received Training – Specialized MHA Liaisons: IAHTL

Unique, or unduplicated, count of individuals who attended a training session provided through the Specialized MHA Liaisons during the reporting period.

The total number of unique participants for each training activity is added to calculate the total number of individuals who received training in the reporting period. Survivors who access training, education and awareness activities should be included as part of the total count.

# of Survivors Engaged and Supported: IAHTL

The total number of survivors (unique, unduplicated) who received services and supports from an Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison during the reporting period, including outreach support and referrals. Each survivor should be counted as 1 even if they received multiple services/supports.

Service data for the Specialized MHA Liaisons should not be included under this data element.

# of Survivors Engaged and Supported – Specialized MHA Liaisons: IAHTL

The total number of survivors (unique, unduplicated) who received services and supports from a Specialized MHA Liaison project during the reporting period, including outreach support and referrals. Each survivor should be counted as 1 even if they received multiple services/supports during the reporting period.

# of Individuals Who Completed IAHTLs Survey: IAHTL

The total number of individuals who participated in training, education and awareness activities through the Indigenous Anti- Human Trafficking Liaisons (IAHTLs) during the reporting period and completed a survey about the impact of the activity.

Each unique individual who completed a survey for a particular activity is counted as 1. The same individual can be counted more than once if they participated in a different activity and completed a survey for that activity within the same reporting period. The total number of unique individuals who completed a survey for each activity they received during the reporting period is added to calculate the total number of individuals who completed a survey for the reporting period.

Although voluntary, all individuals must be offered the choice to complete a survey upon completion of training, education and awareness activities to assess changes in the self-reported knowledge and capacity of participants. The agency is responsible for ensuring that client privacy and confidentiality is observed to the extent possible.

Note: This data element will be used to understand what portion of individuals who completed a survey felt the services they received increased knowledge and capacity to support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking.

# of Individuals: Reported Increased Knowledge and Capacity: IAHTL

The total number of individuals who completed a survey on training, education and awareness activities through the Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaisons (IAHTLs) and who reported increased knowledge and capacity to support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking. Each unique individual who completed a survey for a particular activity and reported increased knowledge and capacity is counted as 1. The same individual can be counted more than once if they participated in a different activity and completed a survey for that activity within the same reporting period and reported the increased knowledge and capacity.

The total number of unique individuals who completed a survey for each activity they received during the reporting period and reported the increased knowledge and capacity is added to calculate the total number of individuals who reported the increased knowledge and capacity.

The count is derived by administering a survey question to individuals upon completion of the training activities.

An example question that could be used to obtain a count is: “To what extent do you feel that the training has enhanced your ability to support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking?

To a great extent
Somewhat
Very little
Not at all

Only individuals who select “to a great extent” or “somewhat” should be counted. Individuals who select “very little” or “not at all” should not be counted.

# of Individuals Who Completed Specialized MHA Liaisons Survey: IAHTL

The total number of individuals who participated in training, education and awareness activities through the Specialized MHA Liaisons during the reporting period and who completed a survey about the impact of the activity. Each unique individual who completed a survey for a particular activity is counted as 1. The same individual can be counted more than once if they participated in a different activity and completed a survey for that activity within the same reporting period. The total number of unique individuals who completed a survey for each activity they attended during the reporting period is added to calculate the total number of individuals who completed a survey for the reporting period. Although voluntary, all individuals must be offered the choice to complete a survey upon completion of training, education and awareness activities to assess changes in the self-reported knowledge of participants. The agency is responsible for ensuring that client privacy and confidentiality is observed to the extent possible. Note: This data element will be used to understand what portion of individuals who completed a survey felt the services they received increased knowledge of MHA services.

# of Individuals: Reported Increased Knowledge of MHA Services – Specialized MHA Liaisons: IAHTL

The total number of individuals who completed a survey on training, education and awareness activities through the Specialized MHA Liaisons and who reported increased knowledge of mental health and addictions services to support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking.

Each unique individual who completed a survey for a particular activity and reported the increased knowledge of MHA services is counted as 1. The same individual can be counted more than once if they participated in a different activity and completed a survey for that activity within the same reporting period and reported the increased knowledge of MHA services. The total number of unique individuals who completed a survey for each activity they received and reported the increased knowledge of MHA services is added to calculate the total number of individuals who reported the increased knowledge of MHA services.

The count is derived by administering a survey question to individuals upon completion of the training activities.

An example question that could be used to obtain a count is: “To what extent did the training increase your knowledge of mental health and addiction services available in your community to support Indigenous survivors of human trafficking?

To a great extent
Somewhat
Very little
Not at all

Only individuals who select “to a great extent” or “somewhat” should be counted. Individuals who select “very little” or “not at all” should not be counted.

Ministry- funded Agency Expenditures: IAHTL

Total ministry-funded expenses for the Transfer Payment Recipient to administer and/or deliver the Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison program in the reporting year (cumulative).