Trudeau orders Peace Tower flag lowered to honour children found buried at residential school

May 30 2021, 10:23 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ordered federal buildings across Canada to lower their flags to half-mast to honour the 215 children found buried at a former residential school.

Trudeau announced the move on social media on Sunday morning. The flag atop Ottawa’s Peace Tower will also be flown at half-mast.

The Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation announced on Thursday that the remains of 215 students had been found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Operating from 1890 until 1978, the British Columbian school was the largest institution in the Indian Affairs residential school system.

“To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” said Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir. “Some were as young as three years old.”

The current findings are “preliminary,” and the survey of the grounds is expected to continue until mid-June, Tk’emlups te Secwépemc said.

The Missing Children Project, which documents the deaths and burial places of students who died at residential schools, has identified the remains of more than 4,100 children.

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