Flag Lowered and Memorial site for Kamloops Indian Residential School Discovery
With heavy hearts Council and Staff have learned of the loss of 215 children found buried in a mass grave outside of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.
The Canada flag has been lowered at Town Hall and will remain lowered for 215 hours (9 days) to honour these lives lost.
In remembrance of the legacy of residential schools including this recent horrific discovery, later today a memorial will be established at the Awen’ Gathering Place including 215 flowers for 215 lives lost. The rest of the flowers are for those whom have yet to be found.
If visiting the memorial site, please abide by COVID19 Protocols. Wear a mask and keep your distance.
The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line available for support and crisis referral services. This is a national crisis line available 24-hours: 1-866-925-4419.
There is also Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) that can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.
A special thank you to Unity Collective member, Jillian Morris, who provided advice and support to staff to put together this memorial today. Jillian led a non-public ceremony to honour and remember the loss of 215 children found buried in a mass grave outside of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory. The flowers and moccasins will remain in place for 215 hours (9 days). We ask residents to respect the memorial and not touch the items at the site. Please observe COVID19 protocols.