The flags at municipal facilities were lowered to half-mast position to pay respect to the 215 children who were found at the former residential school in Kamloops. Flags will remain lowered until the end of business on June 8.
“On behalf of Council, I would like to express our deep sorrow, and we offer our condolences to all Indigenous people who are deeply impacted by this discovery.” said Mayor Paul Horn. “We recognize and acknowledge the generations of families who continue to suffer as a result of the pain brought about by the residential school system and government policies. I will be reaching out to local First Nations to offer the support of the District, to re-state our commitment to working together through the healing process, and to seek input as we move forward in our community.”
For those in crisis or requiring emotional support, a 24 hour National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) has been set up to provide support to those affected. Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717.
We acknowledge the need for community members to be able to demonstrate their grief and show support for First Nations. The following events are known at this time and we will update with new information as it becomes available: