Flags at Barrie City Hall to be lowered to honour the memories of 215 children found in mass grave at former B.C. residential school

Flags fly at half-mast at federal buildings and Peace Tower

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman has tweeted flags at City Hall will be lowered Monday to honour the memory of the 215 children whose remains were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.

“They will be lowered for 215 hours, or nine days,” Lehman said in the tweet.

The discovery has rocked the country and has made headlines around the world.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Twitter on Sunday the federal government will be flying flags at half-mast to commemorate the deaths of the First Nations children.

Greater Toronto and Hamilton-area mayors have ordered flags in their cities to be lowered to half-mast, and the same calls have been made by city officials in Ottawa and other Ontario municipalities.

The discovery of the remains was announced May 27 following a preliminary survey of the grounds where the former residential school once stood was completed.

They were found over the Victoria Day weekend using a ground-penetrating radar, according to the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation.

Some of the remains were of children as young as three-years-old.

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