Teddy bears to remember the children

Put out a teddy bear to remember the children.

Local First Nations across Manitoulin and the North Shore corridor will put out teddy bears today, as well as light Sacred Fires and hold smudge ceremonies to remember 215 lost children.

Flags across Canada are also being lowered to half-mast, to honour the memory of 215 children, whose bodies have been discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B-C.

The public is also asked to put a teddy bear out on their porches or front steps today to pay honour to the children.

The remains were discovered by experts using ground-penetrating radar and it’s believed the deaths are undocumented.

The school was run by the Catholic church between 1890 and 1969, and had students from across B-C.

It was taken over by the federal government and run as a day school until it was closed in 1978.

The Truth and Reconciliation Report, issued more than five years ago, detailed the harsh treatment of indigenous children in residential schools.

It documented the deaths of at least 32-hundred children at the facilities.

Several First Nations leaders are now calling on governments to help search other former residential school sites, to see if more bodies might be found.

 

PHOTO: Put out a teddy bear to remember the children.

Local First Nations across Manitoulin and the North Shore corridor will put out teddy bears today, as well as light Sacred Fires and hold smudge ceremonies to remember 215 lost children.

Photo – unsplash.com

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