In response to the horrific discovery of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., the Town of Ajax will pause on June 7 with a 2-minute and 15-second moment of silence at 2:15 p.m.

The virtual memorial will be streamed from Heritage Square (Ajax Town Hall) which will feature a powerful visual representation of the young lives lost.

The public is invited to contribute to the memorial by dropping off a pair of gently used shoes or a teddy bear to Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Ave. S.) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until June 6. All donations received will be donated to local charities and agencies.

The live stream will be available here or facebook.com/myajax.

Following the event, resources will be made available to further educate and support the community following this tragic and heart-wrenching discovery.

Quote from Ajax Council 

“Ajax Council and the entire community stands with all Indigenous Communities, specifically the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, in mourning of the confirmed tragedy of 215 children’s lives actively taken at the hands of the Canadian residential school system. We are reminded that residential schools are not just part of our history – they continue to play an active role in our present, as survivors and their families are forced to cope with the intergenerational impacts of trauma inflicted by this institutional system. Action and education must be taken for all of Canada to realize that Every Child Matters. Every child mattered then, and every child matters now. If you require support, the 24-hour National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available for emotional and crisis referral services: at 1-866-925-4419.” - Ajax Council

Quick Facts

  • On May 28, Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. For more information read: https://tkemlups.ca/wp-content/uploads/05-May-27-2021-TteS-MEDIA-RELEASE.pdf
  • Since May 30, all flags at Town facilities have been lowered to half-mast in memory of the 215 children; they will remain lowered until the end of the day on June 7, concluding 215 hours (9 days).

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