COMING IN 2024
Veterans and family members will soon be able to connect with Peer Advocates through a safe and confidential chat app. Simply download the free app or start a chat on our website. The anonymous nature of this service means that it is a safe, judgment-free space. Veterans and family members will never need to create an account or use a password to log in. Best of all, when the chat ends, all messages are automatically deleted, never saved. Peer Advocates are trained to listen, provide comfort, and offer advice. They prioritize making veterans and family members feel genuinely heard, safe, and valued.
For veterans who may need a higher level of professional care than the Peer Advocates can provide, an invitation to connect with a Burns Way Support Leader may be recommended. The Support Leader can then facilitate access and request permission from the veteran, to shift from anonymous to non-anonymous, offering a more tailored and personalized connection. The goal of the Support Leader is to assist veterans and family members in navigating the care system, working together to access treatment while remaining ‘tethered’ to compassionate support during this process.
The Burns Way will be accessible to everyone in Canada. The support and services provided will be provided in English, French, Spanish, and all Indigenous languages.
The Burns Way program wholeheartedly acknowledges and values the lived experiences of veterans who have served Canada with honour. By engaging veterans and family members as trained Peer Advocates, we will not only provide a supportive community, we will also cultivate a sense of purpose and contribution to a “veterans’ economy.”
Once funded, The Burns Way will hire up to 250 Peer Advocates.
Through empowering veterans as Peer Advocates, The Burns Way program embraces their unique perspectives and compassion, fostering a self-sustaining ecosystem that uplifts individuals and society as a whole. With a steadfast commitment to personal growth, professional development, and economic empowerment, The Burns Way honours veterans as catalysts for positive change.
The Royal Canadian Legion and the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, pledging their support and cooperation for The Burns Way. Their shared goal is to create accessible services that cater to the needs of Indigenous and Minority veterans who have historically faced barriers to care.
The Burns Way has received formal endorsement from the First Nations Veterans Council of the Assembly of First Nations, the Dominion Executive Council of the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations through an All-Chiefs Resolution.
The program will also benefit from the guidance of a Mentor’s Group comprising veterans from the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, and Indigenous communities.
The Burns Way is a not-for-profit corporation. It is governed by The Royal Canadian Legion, The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Aboriginal Veterans Autochtones, and the Assembly of First Nations. We are committed to providing accessible, culturally safe, and reliable access to peer support for all veterans.
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