Fanshawe lowers all flags to half-mast in memory of Kamloops residential school victims

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The flags are Fanshawe College have been lowered in memory of the 215 children found buried at the the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

On Thursday May 27, preliminary findings from a survey of the grounds at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School uncovered the remains of 215 children buried at the site in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory. On Monday, Fanshawe College announced it would lower its flags to half-mast in the childrens’ memory.

The announcement comes after several cities, schools, and government buildings announced they would also be lowering their flags to half-mast in the wake of the tragic discovery. On Saturday, London Mayor Ed Holder said via Twitter that he had ordered all flags at London City Hall be lowered to half-mast.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also ordered all flags be lowered to half-mast at federal buildings, including the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

“To honour the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential school and all Indigenous children who never made it home, the survivors, and their families, I have asked that the Peace Tower flag and flags on all federal buildings be flown at half-mast,” said Trudeau in a tweet Sunday.

Meanwhile, local Indigenous support centre, Atlohsa, shared a message of support on their social media.

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for Residential School survivors. Those looking to access their emotional and crisis referral services can call the 24-Hour National Crisis Line at 1-866 925-4419.

More information on policy changes can be found in the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.