he Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has lowered its flags to half-mast at its Trail and Grand Forks offices in response to the 215 children whose remains were found by the Tk’emlúps te Secweìpemc at the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
“The loss of any child is a terrible thing and every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Diane Langman, RDKB board chair.
"To hear of the deaths of more than two hundred children at one location is unfathomable. What is clear is that the residential school system continues to cause great pain for Indigenous peoples, families and communities, and by extension, all of humanity.
"This discovery is the most blunt, brutal reminder imaginable of what Indigenous peoples have suffered in the residential school system.
“On behalf of our board of directors and staff, we honour the lives of these little ones whose families’ and communities’ hearts are broken, and who deserve our full support to find answers, bring their children home, and begin to heal.”
The RDKB periodically lower flags to half-mast in response to a tragic death or catastrophic event in the world.