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Tillsonburg lowers flags to recognize children who lost their lives at a Kamloops residential school

Posted on Tuesday June 01, 2021

Flags at Town of Tillsonburg facilities have been lowered to half-mast in recognition of the 215 children discovered in a mass grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The flags will remain lowered for 9 days (215 hours).

“Our hearts are with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and all Indigenous Peoples in Canada at this sad time,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar. “We remember too, the survivors who continue to be impacted by their experiences in residential schools.”

The decision to lower the flags was announced on the Town of Tillsonburg’s Facebook page yesterday.

“The history of Canada’s Indigenous children cannot be dismissed,” says Molnar. “This is a moment to listen and learn, and stand in solidarity with the families and communities affected.”

Educational resources are available through the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website (www.nctr.ca).

The telephone number for the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is 1-866-925-4419.