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RDFFG to fly Lheidli T’enneh flag at half-mast for 215 days

Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dolleen Logan (left) watches as Regional District Fraser-Fort George chair Art Kaehn and manager of external communications Renee McCloskey put the Lheidli T’enneh flag at half-mast. Bill Phillips photo

It was a smaller ceremony than the day before at City Hall but one still full of emotion as the Lheidli T’enneh flag at the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George office was moved to half-mast.

It will stay there for 215 days in recognition of the remains of 215 children recently discovered in a mass-grave at the Kamloops Residential School. In a bit of twist, the flag was actually hoisted to half-mast rather than lowered as previously the Lheidli T’enneh flag was not flying at the office.

“Our members and our nation are grateful the RDFFG has accepted our invitation to fly our flag at half-mast for the next 215 days,” said Logan. “This will recognize and respect the 215 children who died at the Kamloops Residential School and their families. Our flag flying at half-mast at the RDFFG office will serve to remind the staff and visitors of this tragedy and what it means to indigenous people in our territory and across Canada. It will also serve as a reminder that further action is required to determine if there are any other remains of children buried at other residential schools across the country. While that work carries on we all must ask ourselves what else can we do to support our children and all children. What has happened in Kamloops must never ever happen again.”

“There are no words that adequately capture the horror and dismay of this tragedy,” said RDFFG board chair Art Kaehn. “We are grateful to the Lheidli T’enneh for providing us an opportunity to join with them in grieving for the children and families forever impacted by residential schools. It is one step of many we know we must take to show our support for Indigenous communities working through this and demonstrate that we are committed partners in reconciliation.”

The ceremony followed the larger ceremony Tuesday at City Hall where the Lheidli T’enneh flag was lowered to half-mast.

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