Durham Region, school boards lower flags in memory of residential school victims

The flags at all regional facilities and schools in the area will be lowered to half-staff following the discovery of 215 bodies at a residential school in British Columbia.

“In recognition of the recent discovery of 215 children’s remains found buried on the grounds at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, all flags at all Durham Region sites have been lowered to represent our shared sorrow for all lost Indigenous children, their families, and their communities,” reads a statement from the Region.

The area school boards also followed suit.

“In honour of the 215 children who were found at the site of the former residential school in Kamloops, BC, all schools will lower their flags to half-mast in recognition of the children whose lives were taken. Flags will be kept at half-mast for 215 hours,” the post from the Durham District Catholic School Board reads.

“The flags at all DDSB schools will be lowered to half-mast on Monday for 215 hours (9 days) to honour the children found in a mass grave at the residential school in Kamloops. Sadly, this reminds us of the horrific impact that the Canadian residential school system and genocide against Indigenous peoples has had, and continues to have, on Indigenous students, families and communities,” reads the statement from the Durham District School Board.

“The DDSB is committed to prioritizing Indigenous Inherent Rights and the path of reconciliation as we take continued and collective action to positively transform outcomes for Indigenous youth and families.”

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