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Lheidli T’enneh flags to fly at half-mast for 215 days – one day for each body found at Kamloops Residential School

A memorial of baby shoes and teddy bears on the steps of Prince George City Hall in memoriam for the 215 children who died at Kamloops Residential School. Bill Phillips photo

The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation today requested that all partner organizations that fly a Lheidli flag, lower them to half-mast at noon on Tuesday, June 1 for 215 days in recognition of the recent discovery of remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Residential School.

“Words cannot describe the incredible feeling of loss and despair felt by Lheidli members and indigenous people across Canada upon learning of this late last week,” said Dolleen Logan, Lheidle T’enneh Chief. “It is discoveries like this that will sustain the conversation about the death and trauma caused at residential schools. Indigenous leaders have spoken often in the past about the devastation caused by residential schools to indigenous people and communities. This news from Kamloops suggests this conversation will continue well into the future so that we never forget.”

News of the discovery of the remains was made public late last week.

“We are asking our partner organizations who fly a Lheidli flag to lower those to half-mast tomorrow Tuesday, June 1 at noon and leave them at half-mast for 215 days,” said Logan. “One day for each of the 215 children at the Kamloops residential school who did not get to live and realize their dreams. Every day at half-mast will allow us to recognize each of these 215 children and their families.

“This period will also provide us with an opportunity to ask ourselves, what else can we do to support our children today. This is about the next generation. It is critical to the future of our indigenous communities that we do everything we can within our power to support them in their early years so they can grow as individuals, support their families, and contribute to their communities. I am grateful to Mayor Lyn Hall and the City of Prince George for hosting a Lheidli flag lowering ceremony tomorrow at noon at City Hall to begin the ‘215 Days of Remembrance for the Children Who Died at the Kamloops Residential School’. I acknowledge the lowering of the Canadian, B.C. and local governments flags today in honour of these children and their families.”

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