The flags at Ottawa's city hall have been lowered to half-mast, in memory of the 215 children whose bodies were discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.
The remains of the children -- some believed to be as young as three -- were found with the help of ground-penetrating radar. The local First Nations chief said it's believed the deaths are undocumented.
The federal government and several other municipalities are also lowering their flags in memory of the 215 children.
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.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 30, 2021
The flags at Ottawa City Hall will be lowered to half-mast, beginning at sunrise on Monday, May 31, and remaining there for more than a week. The city says the length of this period of mourning reflects one hour for every child whose life was lost.
The flags will remain at half-mast until sunset on Tuesday, June 8.
I have asked that effective Monday May 31 to June 8 the flags at City Hall be lowered to honour the lives and memories of the 215 children found in a mass grave at a residential school in Kamloops. The flags will remain lowered for one hour for every child whose life was taken— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) May 30, 2021
A memorial for the children also grew at Ottawa's Centennial Flame over the weekend, with flowers and shoes representing the dead placed on the monument.
Residents of Canada, also referred to as Turtle Island by some First Nations people, are being asked to place a teddy bear on their doorstep at 6 p.m. Monday, and leave their lights on to honour the dead.
Let's remember those binooji tomorrow with Teddy Bears.?? pic.twitter.com/a5Pc8UoMAY— Anishinabek Nation (@AnishNation) May 30, 2021
A national residential school crisis line is available to former residential school students and those affected at 1-866-925-4419.
- with files from The Canadian Press