Richmond schools and city buildings are flying their flags at half-mast as an acknowledgement of the 215 children who lost their lives at a residential school in Kamloops.
Photo by Don Fennell
Flags fly half-mast at Richmond sites
Published 2:36 PDT, Mon May 31, 2021
Flags at Richmond schools are flying at half-mast today to acknowledge and pay respects to the 215 children who lost their lives at a former residential school in Kamloops.
“This discovery is a tragic reminder of the history of racism and the atrocities committed against Indigenous people in Canada,” said a release from the district. “As a school district, we stand against racism and recognize the need for a renewed commitment to truth and reconciliation across our nation. Our thoughts are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and with all Indigenous communities during this painful time.”
The city is also lowering flags on all its buildings for the next week.
“This is a tragedy of insurmountable proportions and one that impacts all Canadians,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Now is a time of reflection and I urge everyone to remember the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former residential school as well as the survivors, their families and the many others who never returned home.”
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