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Okanagan Nation Alliance asks for moment of silence during Canada Day celebrations

FILE PHOTO - The memorial at the former Kamloops Residential School.

Canada Day celebrations are well underway but the Okanagan Nation Alliance is also asking residents to take some time to reflect on the country’s history.

Last year, the remains of 215 children were found at the former Kamloops Residential School site. The discovery sparked a nationwide reckoning around the country's residential school system.

Today, the alliance asks residents to take a moment of silence for the children who never made it home.

There are also other ways to honour those lost to residential schools and their survivors.

The alliance is encouraging residents to wear an orange shirt instead of a red or maple leaf, visit the Sylix Nation Indian Residential School monument in Penticton, visit the Kamloops Residential School monument, hang an orange shirt in your window and research educational sources published by the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

“Canada Day is a great opportunity to remind ourselves of Canada’s history and acknowledge the history that the first peoples of this land have faced,” according to a Facebook post by the ONA.


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