Thunder Bay to continue flying flags at half-mast

The City of Thunder Bay says it will continue to fly city hall flags at half-mast after the discovery of additional unmarked graves near residential schools.

The city began flying its flags at half-mast on May 31 in the wake of the discovery of hundreds of graves in Kamloops, British Columbia and Cowessess First Nation, Saskatchewan. Since then, hundreds more unmarked graves have been discovered at two additional sites.

The city said in a news release Tuesday that flags will continue to fly at half-mast until further notice.

"This is in memory of the thousands of children who were sent to residential schools, for those who never returned, and in honour of the families whose lives were forever changed," the city statement said.

The city had also cited the discovery of the graves as part of its reason for canceling Canada Day gatherings this year, along with continued COVID-19 concerns.