Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I can answer that by saying absolutely yes, because the funding didn't exist before for schools to be able to hire the personal support workers unless they were getting funding through Jordan's Principle. And so just that alone means that schools who are having those recruitment and retention issues for our clinical counsellors can now turn around and go get personal support workers, wellness counsellors and Indigenous counsellors that are more responsive to the cultural needs of the school as well. Some schools have even been able to hire elders and Indigenous knowledge-keepers in order to bring them into the school to provide students with daily access to elders. Thank you.
Caitlin Cleveland on Question 44-20(1): Child and Youth Counsellor Initiative
In the Legislative Assembly on February 9th, 2024. See this statement in context.
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