This past weekend we learned 215 children’s lives were lost at a former residential school in British Columbia. This tragedy is a reminder of a terrible time in Canada’s history where Indigenous peoples were denied basic human rights and became victims of harsh punishment and abuse.

The City of Windsor was sits on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg people of the Three Fires Confederacy: Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa. Today, and every day, we must continue to be grateful and to nurture and respect our relationship with Indigenous peoples in the places we continue to call ‘home’. My heart goes out to the victims and families impacted by this devastating news.

Flags at the City of Windsor will be flown at half-mast for 215 hours as we mourn, reflect, and pay tribute to the profound loss of these children.