Vancouver attractions will light up orange to honor 215 children
The Vancouver skyline will be lit up Monday evening to pay tribute to the 215 children found buried in a former residential school.
BC Place, Rogers Arena and Canada Place will all light up orange tonight.
BC Place will glow orange tonight to honor the 215 children whose remains were found in a mass grave on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and to honor all those who tragically lost their lives in the residential school system Indians. 🧡 #EveryChildMatters pic.twitter.com/0TO5HWcICU
– BC Place (@bcplace) May 31, 2021
In a statement, the Vancouver Canucks said that in the future, Rogers Arena will be lit orange in honor of the children, as well as “all the other children who were forced to attend residential schools and their families. “.
“We recognize the genocide of the Indigenous community and, as Canadians, we must do more for real truth and reconciliation. “
Teachers in British Columbia’s public schools are also planning to put orange in memory of the lives lost this week.
With the creation of Orange Shirt Day, the clothing – and the color – became a symbol of awareness and commemoration of the impacts of the residential school system.
On May 28, the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation announced that the remains of 215 children had been found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy urged the federal government to provide funds to help identify children so they can be reunited with their families and land.
He also calls on the government to fully fund an investigation of all residential schools to determine if mass graves are also hidden on their land.
“Grieving is not enough”, Kennedy written in a statement.
“We must continue to seek the full truth about what happened in these so-called schools, as well as other systems of oppression created by our government to destroy indigenous peoples.
– Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) May 31, 2021