Flags lowered to honour 215 children's remains found in BC
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ordered flags on the Peace Tower in Ottawa and all federal buildings to be lowered to half-mast to honour the 215 bodies of children found at a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Some of the children's bodies found were as young as three years old.
In this province, Premier Andrew Furey announced that the flags in front of the Confederation Building will remain lowered until Friday, which will be 215 hours.
The Kamloops Indian* Residential School was part of the Canadian Indian residential school system. It was once the largest residential school in Canada, with its enrolment peaking at 500 in the 1950s.
The school was established in 1890 and in operation until 1969.
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir said the finding represented "an unthinkable loss... never documented by the school's administrators."
Radar scanning of the area is yet to be complete, and Chief Casimir expects further discoveries to be made.
The IRSSS (Indian Residential School Survivors Society) Emergency Crisis Line is available 24/7 for those that may need counselling support. Call 1-800-721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
*Indian has been used because of the historical nature of the article and the precision of the name.