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Tributes to 215 residential school children continue to grow in the Tri-Cities

Riverside Secondary is collecting children's shoes for a memorial outside the Port Coquitlam school, while others are placing orange ribbons on fences.

From symbolic displays to commemorative events, Tri-Cities students and other community members continue to respond to news of 215 deceased children discovered buried outside a Kamloops residential school.

Among the memorial efforts include tying orange ribbons to a school fence outside Walton Elementary in Coquitlam and outside a playground by members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

As well, in Veterans Park in Port Coquitlam, a makeshift memorial has been created for the 215 children and a vigil held at 2:15 p.m. daily and Riverside Secondary students are collecting 215 gently-used shoes for a June 23 display outside of their Port Coquitlam school.

After the display, the shoes will be donated.

To contribute to the Riverside memorial, you can email

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