UGDSB flags to be lowered in honour of 215 children whose lives were taken at former residential school
May 30, 2021
From May 31 to June 7, the Upper Grand District School Board will lower all flags at school and office buildings, where possible, to honour the 215 children whose lives were taken at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
As we collectively mourn this horrific loss, we acknowledge that there cannot be reconciliation without truth. The lowering of flags is not enough; substantial work must be done in our communities, schools and systems to face the historical and current atrocities faced by Indigenous communities, and to ensure that Indigenous staff and students are not deprived of their rights, and can learn and work in an environment free of racism and discrimination. In the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report there are 94 Calls to Action. We need to read these documents and do this work.
A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Services can be accessed by calling 1-866 925-4419.
If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out to a teacher, principal or trusted adult. Supports are available.
As a show of remembrance the UGDSB invites everyone to wear their orange shirts usually worn on September 30th.