The NAN Residential School Program works on behalf of the Residential School survivors within NAN territory for services and justice for those survivors and those missing and deceased. The Residential School Program also maintains historical records of individuals and the schools themselves, provides information on services available to survivors and their families, promotes healing (both traditional and contemporary) opportunities for survivors and families, and collaborates with organizations in other territories around similar issues.
As the deadline for the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) quickly approaches, the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) Mental Health Support Program is due to come to an end in March 2013.
Impacts on the communities and families will continue long after the expiration of the IRSSA, therefore it is essential that there is continued support for families and communities, as there is still remains outstanding issues related to residential schools, missing family members, and unexplained deaths. These answers are vital in order to find closure for families.
NAN will continue to advocate for the continuation of the IRS support program for the survivors and their families.