Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Hasepoyo

U.S.

Small red dresses line B.C. highway in tribute to children found in burial site


More symbols are being erected in Kamloops to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been found in an unmarked burial site at a former residential school.

Small red dresses were hung from crosses along the side of Highway 5 in tribute to the lives lost.

Red dresses have become a symbol and a way to honour the more than 1,000 Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in the last three decades.

In other parts of the community, people have put flowers and children’s shoes at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Similar memorials and vigils have now been held across the country.

Read more:
‘They were monsters that did this’: Kamloops residential school survivor speaks out

Story continues below advertisement

Amid growing calls for answers that led to the search and the discovery of the remains, Indigenous leaders and community members met privately on Tuesday asking for space to grieve.

“They’re feeling like they need more, more of the healing process to occur,” Deidre Sellars, a Secwépemc Nation member told Global News.


Click to play video: 'B.C. First Nation halts search for answers; traditional healing and grieving underway'







B.C. First Nation halts search for answers; traditional healing and grieving underway


B.C. First Nation halts search for answers; traditional healing and grieving underway

Healing ceremonies are still taking place in the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc community and leaders say their children are still being discriminated against with inadequate child welfare services on reserves and a failure to properly implement Jordan’s Principle.

This federal program was set up to help First Nations children living in Canada access the products, services and supports they need.

Story continues below advertisement

“Think about that, a three, four, five, six-year-old, think about that — what they did to our people. Our ancestors, our grandparents, and our parents and so that system has expanded into Section 88 of the Indian Act, the laws of general application, provincial laws, child welfare systems,” Splatsin Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, tribal chief with Secwepemc ancestry told Global News.

Addressing those issues is one of the top recommended actions from the Truth and Reconciliation Report, released more than five years ago.

Read more:
Canada’s Catholic bishops have responsibility to apologize for residential schools: minister

“Those sections that apply to the residential school are still in there,” Christian said. “Still part of the system. Section 88 of the provincial laws for child welfare removal is there, it’s still there.

“Why the hell is it still there?”


Click to play video: '‘Shameful’ Catholic Church hasn’t apologized over burial sites discovered at B.C. residential school, Indigenous Services minister says'







‘Shameful’ Catholic Church hasn’t apologized over burial sites discovered at B.C. residential school, Indigenous Services minister says


‘Shameful’ Catholic Church hasn’t apologized over burial sites discovered at B.C. residential school, Indigenous Services minister says

It is hoped that the discovery in Kamloops will be the catalyst for understanding the effects of multiple generations of severed family ties and cultural linkages being felt more than a century later.

Story continues below advertisement

Anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience can access this 24-hour, toll-free and confidential National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.




© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





Source link

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

U.S.

The leader of a small hard-line party says he will try to form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents. Sunday’s...

Tech

The woman who led the design of Bumble’s dating app in the run-up to the company’s February initial public offering is joining Twitter Inc.,...

Tech

Video platform Rumble said it is receiving an investment from a group of prominent conservative venture capitalists including Peter Thiel and “Hillbilly Elegy” author...

U.S.

The Conservatives deleted a tweet on Thursday that leader Erin O’Toole has said was “detracting” from important conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout...

Copyright © 2020 ZoxPress Theme. Theme by MVP Themes, powered by WordPress.