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Jun 10, 2021
The report of 215 unmarked graves discovered by ground penetrating radar at the Kamloops residential school sent shockwaves across the world late last month.
Flags across the country were lowered to half-mast in honour of the children lost. The City of Fort Saskatchewan lowered its flags until June 8, for a total of 215 hours–one hour for each child.
If Canada lowered its flags one day for each child who died in a residential school, our flags would be lowered for 11 years. While vigils and other similar symbolic measures were taken by many communities, what is left is an urgent need for action.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued 94 Calls to Action. Of those, only 8 were implemented in 2020—just 2 per year.