Flags at the Gananoque Town Hall and all Town buildings will be lowered to half mast beginning Monday, May 31 to honour the lives and memories of the 215 children found buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops residential school in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory.
“The legacy of residential schools in Canada has had a serious impact on our indigenous communities and is a blemish on our history as a nation. The death of 215 children that were to be protected and cared for and instead died and were buried in a mass grave is something that should never be forgotten. This is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions”, said Mayor Ted Lojko.
Flags will be lowered for nine days, or 215 hours from sunrise on Monday, May 31 to sunset on Tuesday, June 8 to honour the lives of each child lost and to recognize and learn from the societal harm done by the residential school system across the country.