a Canada She raised her flags in midday Sunday (30), as a sign of mourning over the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the location of a former Indigenous boarding school in British Columbia.
“To honor the 215 children who lost their lives in the former Kamloops boarding school and the indigenous children who never returned to their homes, the survivors and their families, I requested the flags of the Tower of Peace (in Ottawa) and the Federal Buildings in order to be raised at the half-mast,” the Prime Minister declared Justin Trudeau No Twitter.
Several municipalities, including Toronto, have also announced their intention to do the same.
The discovery of the remains of 215 children, “some as young as three years,” caused an uproar in Canada, especially in indigenous communities.
The remains were found by an expert who used Guradar, who pointed out an old boarding school near Kamloops, British Columbia. The boarding school, called Kamloops Indian Residential School, was run by the Catholic Church and ceased operating in 1969.
Established more than a century ago, these institutions are designed to remove indigenous and indigenous children from their communities and assimilate them into the prevailing culture.
About 150,000 American Indian, mixed-race, and Inuit children are forcibly recruited from more than 130 boarding schools across Canada. They were removed from their families, their language and their culture.
A national commission of inquiry has called the regime “cultural genocide”.
First Nations Association President Perry Billegaard told CTV Sunday, “I’ve already said that boarding schools were a genocide of our people. Here’s another example.”
Plaque at the entrance to a former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada – Photo: Andrew Snucins / The Canadian Press via AP