Trudeau orders flags to half-mast following discovery of remains of 215 children

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday ordered the flags of Canada to be flow at half-mast to honour the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential schools.

“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,” Trudeau said in a short statement posted online.

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief), Rosanne Casimir, issued a statement late on Thursday confirming the discovery of remains of 215 children at former Kamloops Residential School.

“We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify. To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” Casimir said.

Casimir further added “Some were as young as three years old. We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place of these children.”

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the home community of the Kamloops Indian Residential School which was the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

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