The discovery of the remains of 215 school children in Kamloops has left neighbouring school communities in mourning.
“Burial grounds instead of playgrounds. Heartbreaking,” the Vernon School District said in a release.
To honour the lives of the residential school victims found Friday, May 28, schools across the Okanagan are remembering this week.
Along with flying all flags at half-mast, staff and students have been invited to wear orange.
Schools are also beginning the week with a moment of silence and many are honouring these children in other ways.
For example, Hillview Elementary will be tying 215 orange ribbons to their school fencing.
“We must continue to learn about the history and ongoing impacts of colonialism, and recognize that we have a responsibility to personally and collectively answer the Truth and Reconciliation commission’s calls to action,” School District 22 said.
“The district acknowledges the many staff, students, and families who are deeply and, in some cases, personally affected by this tragedy.”
Supports are available through the following:
• Indian Residential School Survivors 1-800-721-0066
• KUU-US Indigenous crisis line – available 24 hours
– Youth Line 250-723-2040
– Adult Line 250-723-4050
•Residential School Crisis line – available 24 hours 1-866-925-4419