Penticton City Council will observe a moment of silence during Tuesday’s meeting to express sorrow over the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Mayor John Vassilaki made a statement on Friday, extending sympathies from both the council and residents of Penticton to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) and surrounding communities as well as the Penticton Indian Band, over the discovery.
“This discovery is a tragic reminder of the devastating and ongoing impact and trauma caused by residential schools and the importance of recognizing the past and working towards reconciliation,” said Vassilaki.
He also encouraged members of the community to reach out to the Penticton Indian Band neighbours and show support during this incredibly difficult time.
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