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Local memorial to children of Kamloops Residential School to be housed temporarily at The Exploration Place

The memorial to the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School currently on display at Prince George City Hall will be moved to The Exploration Place for temporary safe-keeping. Lheidli T’enneh First Nation says the children’s shoes and other items that make up the memorial are extremely important to all First Nations and community members. Chief and council feel that before the next rain arrives and for the protection of the items that people have placed in the memorial it was best to arrange temporary safe storage at The Exploration Place. 

“Our nation has entrusted The Exploration Place with some of its most prized historic possessions,” said Chief Dolleen Logan. “We have enjoyed a valued partnership with The Exploration Place for the past two decades. We know the contents of the memorial to the 215 children found buried in a mass-grave at the Kamloops Residential School will be in good hands at The Exploration Place. 

“Our council supports discussions with our partner organizations such as the City of Prince George, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, The Exploration Place, and others to determine a suitable site for a permanent memorial to the 215 children who never had the opportunity to grow and laugh and chase their dreams. We have said all along that the memory of their lives must never be forgotten. This holds true for all children who died while attending residential schools across Canada.  Our nation and The Exploration Place will keep this memorial safe until a permanent site can be determined. We make this promise to the 215 children found buried in a mass-grave at the Kamloops Residential School and to their families. We make this promise to all residential school survivors and to all those who have contributed something to the Memorial that has been on display at Prince George City Hall. Our nation thanks the City of Prince George for taking great care of the Memorial since it began to appear a week ago. We now accept responsibility to continue that care and safe-keeping with our partner The Exploration Place.” 

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