Top left, 215 ribbons are tied onto the Ste. Marguerite’s Indian Residential School memorial in Couchiching First Nation by members of the Grand Council Treaty 3 women’s council, of whom Priscilla Simard, bottom left, is a member. The ribbons were tied on May 30 in honour of the 215 children discovered in a mass grave on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops B.C. Above, Couchiching First Nation chief Brian Perrault embraces a man who shared a personal story about residential schools during a ceremony that was held at the monument on May 31. Perrault said the band is going to discuss using similar technology to the kind used in Kamloops to examine the grounds of the former Ste. Marguerite’s residential school for similar purposes. A sacred fire was also lit at the site and will burn until Thursday.
–Merna Emara, Ken Kellar photos