Trudeau orders the flag at Peace Tower to half-mast to honour Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday ordered the Canadian flag to half-mast on Peace Tower in a bid to honour the Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves.

“As people across the country continue to honour the Indigenous children whose lives were taken far too soon, and as we reflect on the tragedy of residential schools, I have asked that the flag on the Peace Tower remain at half-mast for Canada Day,” Trudeau said in a Twitter post.

Hundreds of bodies were found at a former residential school in Saskatchewanast week, weeks after the remains of at least 215 children were discovered at the former Kamloops residential schools. 

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) confirmed late on Wednesday last week that hundreds of unmarked graves have been found at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on Cowessess First Nation.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), said in a Twitter post “The number of unmarked graves will be the most significantly substantial to date in Canada.”

“That would suggest it exceeds the 215 remains found at former residential school near Kamloops, which prompted grieving,” FSIN added.

This comes as remains of 215 children were earlier found at former Kamloops residential school in British Columbia.

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief), Rosanne Casimir, issued a statement late in May, confirming that “With the help of a ground penetrating radar specialist, the stark truth of the preliminary findings came to light – the confirmation of the remains of 215 children who were
students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.”

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