The federal government raised the survivors’ flag on Parliament Hill on Monday to honor the indigenous peoples impacted by Canada’s boarding school system.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was joined by Executive Director of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation Stephanie Scott, Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller, Minister for Northern Affairs Dan Vandal and hostel survivors from across the country .
Calling residential schools a “shameful chapter” in Canadian history, Trudeau said the survivor flag would help Canadians remember what has happened in federally funded, state-run institutions for over a century.
The flag was developed in consultation and collaboration with survivors, with every element of the design approved.
Last year, ground-penetrating radar located what is believed to be hundreds of unmarked graves on the grounds of former boarding schools, sparking efforts to commemorate survivors.
The flag will fly on Parliament Hill until 2024, when it will be moved to its final location.
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