The Canadian flag on the Lake Country Municipal Hall has been lowered to half-mast to express our collective sense of deep sorrow and loss that is shared across Canada following the discovery of the undocumented remains of 215 children at the former residential school site in Kamloops.

 

It is difficult to find adequate words to express the deep mourning we feel for the tragic, heartbreaking losses and intergenerational affects of the residential school system.  The lowering of the flag is done in honour of the children that were sent to residential schools, those who died, and the families and communities that were changed forever as a result of what took place in those institutions.

 

“As a past professor of archeology, I support the Indigenous leaders and experts in BC that are calling for the control and protection of sites of former residential schools so full investigations can be done in a similar manner to the work done by the Tk’emlups te Tecwepemc First Nation using ground-penetrating radar technology,” said Mayor James Baker.  “News of the discoveries has had a profound effect on countless individuals and families. We share the grief and hope that the truth coming to light will aid in the healing process.”