Flags at Half Mast

Posted May 31, 2021

We have lowered flags at municipal buildings in Peace River in honour of the 215 children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc land.

This discovery is a profound tragedy and we join our Indigenous community in grief. Our thoughts are with the survivors of residential schools and all of those impacted by them. Our flags will remain at half-mast until June 9, one hour to honour each child.

We know that there may be those in the community who are struggling with this news. If you are feeling distressed please reach out. The Sagitawa Friendship Centre is available for those who need support: (780) 624-2443. There is also the Indian Residential School Survivors Society emergency crisis line (24/7): 1-866-925-4419.

A memorial is taking place tonight (May 31), starting at 6 pm at the Treaty 8 Monument downtown to honour the 215 children. Organizers say to wear your orange shirt or ribbon skirt and bring an item for the memorial that will be set up at the Treaty 8 Monument next to Riverfront Park. Teddy bears, little shoes, traditional crafts or cards with notes from the heart. Out of respect for others, please follow all health guidelines and bring a mask if you plan to be there for some time. For more info please contact Carmen Lagace at (780) 618-2149 or visit the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/3841754972559407/).