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FLAGS AT HALF-MAST FOR 215 HOURS IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES

Posted on Monday May 31, 2021
FLAGS AT HALF-MAST FOR 215 HOURS IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
FLAGS AT HALF-MAST FOR 215 HOURS IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES

The City of Yellowknife (the City) is deeply saddened by the tragic discovery of 215 bodies buried at a former Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. In memory of the children who lost their lives, in honour of the thousands of children sent to residential schools, and for the families whose lives were forever changed, City flags will fly at half-mast for 215 hours. 

“What occurred at Residential Schools was horrific. Thousands of children across Canada lost their lives, were abused, separated from their family and community, stripped of their language and culture, and so much more,” said Mayor Rebecca Alty. “This discovery is a sombre reminder that we all must do more to learn about residential schools and their ongoing effects, to support residential school survivors, and to honour and remember those who lost their lives.” 

“At this tragic time, we send our deepest sympathies to the Indigenous Peoples in Kamloops and all Indigenous Peoples of Canada,” said City Manager Sheila Bassi-Kellett. “Reconciliation is a process of healing relationships that requires public truth sharing, apology, and commemorations that acknowledge and redress past harms. We all have a responsibility to acknowledge the past and actively work towards reconciliation, and the City of Yellowknife remains committed to our journey toward reconciliation.”

The flags at City Hall, the Fire Hall and the Frame Lake Trail were lowered earlier today and will fly at half-mast from 9 a.m. on Monday, May 31, until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.   

The City encourages residents to learn more about residential schools and their impact in the NWT and across Canada. Resources are available online and in-person by appointment at the Yellowknife Public Library. The Government of the Northwest Territories also has materials available. To learn more about the City's journey toward reconciliation, visit our Reconciliation page

A 24-hour National Indian Residential School Crisis Line was set-up, to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419.

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