City of Iqaluit lowers flags in mourning of B.C. residential school victims
Flags at old and new City Hall were lowered today, following the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
The flags will be lowered for 215 hours from May 31 to June 9 to mourn the 215 children.
Statement from Mayor Kenny Bell:
It is extremely important to remember the generations of lives that have been scared, ruined and taken from residential schools. Lowering our flags for 215 hours, or nine days, shows respect for the 215 lives taken in Kamloops. This also provides time to mourn and reflect on the unimaginable atrocities that occurred in the residential school system in Canada. I urge the Federal Government to continue working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to provide accountability to the affected communities.
Statement from Councillor Fawcett:
My heart goes out to all people who grieve over and continue to be affected by the atrocity that is the residential school system. As Canadians, we need to combine our efforts to demand action and reparations for all Indigenous people affected by these tragedies.
Statement from Deputy Mayor Janet Brewster:
Today we begin 215 hours to honour the Tk'emlúps Te Secwépemc children who were found buried on the Kamloops Indian Residential School site. Hundreds of thousands of Indigenous families live with the intergenerational impacts of the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada. My thoughts are with the survivors and our families. I hold all those that we have lost in my heart.
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