Across Canada, flags will be lowered to half-staff today. This is to mourn the 215 children found in a mass grave on the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops, BC. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, along with mayors across the country, have ordered flags to be lowered for 215 hours, beginning today, to honour each child discovered. This will happen on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill and at Queen’s Park. All Canadians are all being asked to wear an orange shirt today to show support for the victims and their families.
A PhD student in anthropology says ground-penetrating radar that identified the presence of children’s remains at a former residential school in British Columbia would have noted 215 grave shafts. Eric Simons says actual bodies would not have been seen and soil would be loose as well as compressed in some parts at the burial site in Kamloops. The Kamloops Indian Band says plans are underway to involve forensics experts and eventually repatriate the children’s remains and bring peace to their families.
To honour the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential school and all Indigenous children who never made it home, the survivors, and their families, I have asked that the Peace Tower flag and flags on all federal buildings be flown at half-mast.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 30, 2021
I have asked that the flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province be flown at half-mast in memory of the 215 Indigenous children whose lives were tragically lost at the former Kamloops residential school.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 30, 2021
For Immediate Release: May 28, 2021
Statement on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s Recent Findings at Kamloops Residential School Site pic.twitter.com/wO6hpskuqV
— Six Nations of the Grand River (@SixNationsGR) May 28, 2021
I have requested that flags at all @CityKitchener facilities be lowered from May 31 – June 9 for 215 hrs to honour the lives & memories of each of the 215 children found in a mass grave at a residential school in Kamloops. I also join in the call for a #NationalDayOfMourning. https://t.co/Mkis5WGiCU
— Berry Vrbanovic (@berryonline) May 30, 2021
On behalf of the @CityBrampton, I have requested our flag at City Hall to be lowered to half mast in memory of the 215 children discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory. #everychildmatters🧡@mcfirstnation #Brampton
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) May 30, 2021