Jul 01, 2021

By Gavin Day

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Aboriginal leaders are asking for Canadians to mark the 154th birthday of the country with reflection.

Exterior of St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino, a former residential school near Cranbrook, B.C.

Canada’s been forced to confront with its history involving residential schools in light of the discoveries of unmarked graves at the sites of the former schools.

The latest 182 graves were discovered in the Lower Kootenay First Nation in B.C.’s southern interior near Cranbrook.

“On this Canada Day, I lift up the many concerned Canadians reaching out to First Nations and joining the effort toward reconciliation,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde in his Canada Day message. “Let’s remember that strong First Nations make a stronger Canada and commit to work together in meaningful respect and partnership.”

Bellegarde has encouraged all Canadians to learn about the history they share with Indigenous Peoples.

The City of Toronto had no planned city sanctioned Canada Day events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flags at city hall are flying at half mast and the Toronto sign and CN Tower will be light orange to honour residential school survivors and those whose lives were taken.

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