Brief Description of OSI-CAN:
OSI-CAN is an Operational Stress Injury/Post Traumatic Stress Support Initiative.
We were created in January 2016 through the vision of Chris Siddons and a partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association (SK) and The Royal Canadian Legion (Saskatchewan Command). In 2019, the program expanded to include Manitoba and the Alberta A.S.K Peer Support Groups, now operating more than 20 groups across the three provinces.
OSI-CAN offers Peer Support Groups, Family Support Groups, assistance with service dog acquisition and referrals to equine therapy programs. Our support groups provide a free, safe,
confidential, non-judgemental environment where we can talk openly about mental health.
To inspire hope and contribute to the continuous well-being and recovery process of Veterans, Community First Responders and Public Safety Personnel.
To empower and encourage them to strive for recovery, resiliency and
post traumatic growth through self-determination while creating a greater
To promote hope and recovery, empathic and equal relationships, self-
determination, dignity, respect and social inclusion. To build integrity,
authenticity, trust, health, wellness and lifelong learning through personal
OSI-CAN Target Demographic:
The target demographic of OSI-CAN are but are not limited to: former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, Social Workers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes and their spouses/partners. This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community. We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.