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Sep 15, 2021
The revelation of several hundred unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School vaulted a dark chapter in Canada’s history with Indigenous peoples to the fore in the spring, in a visceral way that previous work to chronicle the past had not.
It dominated the news, and the national consciousness. Justin Trudeau ordered the flags on all federal buildings lowered. Parliament rushed through a bill to make Sept. 30 a federal holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Multiple levels of government pledged money to fully remember an unknown number of nameless children.
More than three months later, federal flags remain at half-mast, indefinitely. But beyond that symbolic gesture, which dismays many Canadians while doing nothing to improve the actual situation of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous issues spent the summer slowly receding from the top of the political agenda.
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