Toronto Raptors Lower Flags In Memory of Fallen Indigenous Children
Racism is an ongoing issue that we continue to battle.
It is not only prevalent in America, but in the entire world. In Canada, racism targeted towards indigenous people has long and often been swept under the rug. It is tragic, but as a nation it is up to us to speak out against racism and educate those around us.
Earlier in the week, a mass grave containing the remains of 215 indigenous children was found on the West Coast of Canada at a former residential school set up to assimilate First Nations people. The students were part of a school in British Columbia that closed back in 1978.
For 215 hrs we’ll lower our flags @ OVO to honour the memory of the 215 children discovered in a mass grave at a school for Indigenous peoples in Kamloops, B.C. #WeTheNorth is a rally cry for all Canadians to come together & recognize that further truth & reconciliation is needed pic.twitter.com/zCzT6wGoD9
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 30, 2021
The discovery was announced on Thursday by the chief of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation.
“To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” Rosanne Casimir, the chief of the community in British Columbia’s city of Kamloops, said. “Some were as young as three years old. We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk’emlups te Secwepemc is the final resting place of these children.”
On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors lowered their flag outside of the OVO Athletic Center in memory of the fallen children and as a statement that any form of racism would not be tolerated. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, it was a “painful reminder” of a “shameful chapter of our country’s history”, but our fight against racism hasn’t ended yet and the Raptors organization continue to be at the forefront of the fight.
The fight goes on.