The province of British Columbia hosted a flag raising ceremony on Monday at the Legislature, with government officials, First Nations leaders, Survivors of Residential schools and the public all in attendance to start off a week of observance that will lead into Truth and Reconciliation Day on Saturday.
The event one noted by North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice through her social media stream on Monday.
The significance of the Survivors Flag is something which has been outlined by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation here, noting of the many elements of remembrance that have gone into the flag.The flag is an expression of remembrance meant to honour residential school survivors. We remember survivors, the children who never returned home and the communities affected. Recognizing the ongoing trauma Indigenous people face as a result of residential schools is an important part of reconciliation.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has an extensive library of information towards the Residential School topic and updates on the initiatives underway.