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Sylix communities rally for residential school survivors through caravan, ceremony

Sylix members at a drum ceremony in Penticton as part of the For the Children caravan.
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June 26, 2021 - 11:59 AM

Sylix communities joined together this morning to honour residential school survivors and the children who never made it home from the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The For the Children event, hosted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance, called all Sylix survivors, families and drummers to caravan to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site, June 26, to honour the 215 children that never made it home.

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Last month, the discovery of the remains of 215 children was announced by the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation, which used ground-penetrating radar to locate the remains near the school.

Sylix members left Penticton this morning and are travelling through Kelowna, Vernon and Monte Creek before arriving at the school site at 12:30 p.m. A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.

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