Teddy bears were among the items left. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Teddy bears were among the items left. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Comox Valley memorials commemorate the 215 children

Displays included teddy bears, shoes and flower designs

The Comox Valley, like the rest of the country, is finding ways to honour the memory of 215 children found buried at a former residential school site in the B.C. Interior.

By the roadside through K’omoks First Nation, there are teddy bears, orange flower designs and other memorial items left to pay tribute to the children whose death was never documented. Their remains were confirmed recently using ground-penetrating radar.

The Nation has also put up a message “Every Child Matters” on the sign out front.

Further up the road, at the Comox United Church, there are orange shirts and children’s shoes, among other articles, to commemorate the children.

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Comox Valley residents also turned out to a vigil on May 31 at Simms Millennium Park to remember the children from Kamloops Indian Residential School, once the largest in the country’s residential school system.



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A message from Highland students. Photo by Mike Chouinard

A message from Highland students. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Many different items were put up at Comox United Church. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Many different items were put up at Comox United Church. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Shoes lined the fence. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Shoes lined the fence. Photo by Mike Chouinard

The church also left a message on the side of the building. Photo by Mike Chouinard

The church also left a message on the side of the building. Photo by Mike Chouinard