In honour of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in BC, all Indigenous children who never made it home and residential school survivors and their families whose lives were changed forever, the First Peoples of the Thousand Islands Committee invites residents of Gananoque to participate in a ceremony of commemoration on Thursday, 3 June at 2:15pm. All are invited to attend the ceremony outside of Town Hall -- we ask you to come in small groups respectful of COVID-19 protocols, to wear orange and to bring medicines to create a space to honour these lost children. As part of this ceremony children’s shoes/moccasins brought by community members will be laid on the stairs outside of Town Hall. Mayor Lojko has directed that the flags at Town Hall be lowered for 215 hours, one hour for every child whose life was taken. Similar responses are being seen across the country and remind us of the ongoing legacy of residential schools and the enduring impacts of colonialism on Indigenous peoples.
The First Peoples of the Thousand Islands Committee includes Indigenous community members and their allies.