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.
Students and staff honouring the lives of those who attended residential schools. A lot of powerful discussions at school this week. pic.twitter.com/movYCMcZzh— Walton Elementary (@waltonSD43) June 7, 2021
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.
Our members placed 215 orange ribbons around our community's playground to remember each of the lives lost at the Kamloops Residential School. The children continue to live on in our thoughts and prayers. #IndigenousLivesMatter #Reconciliation #KFN pic.twitter.com/9p949fxDYF— kʷikʷəƛ̓əm│Kwikwetlem First Nation (@Kwikwetlem) June 7, 2021
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 132-KANAND@sd43.bc.ca