Municipal flags being lowered to recognize latest horrific discovery at Canadian residential school

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Mayor Finch issued a statement recognizing the discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

"It makes us remember that residential schools forcefully disrupted Indigenous families, deprived them of their culture, and exposed many children to extreme forms of abuse."

"We must face the truth that these recent discoveries in Saskatchewan and British Columbia will not be the last. These grave sites remind us that we must continue to acknowledge the injustices experienced by Indigenous People in Canada, while using these grim discoveries as an opportunity to learn the truth about the lasting intergenerational trauma that residential schools have had on Indigenous People."

"While we acknowledge that the flag lowering is symbolic, we are also committing to listening and learning. We recognize our responsibilities detailed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and are committed to taking action. We will continue to take meaningful action by trying to build relationships with our local Indigenous community."

For those looking for support, the Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available for former residential school students and others by calling 1-866-925-4419.

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