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Banners in downtown Quesnel honour residential school survivors

The orange banners will be displayed every September
The banners in downtown Quesnel were installed Friday, Sept. 2. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Bright orange banners have been installed in downtown Quesnel for the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

In a news release, the City of Quesnel said the banners were designed in partnership with the Lhtako Dene First Nation using the Orange Shirt Society’s “Every Child Matters” logo.

“The banners commemorate the residential school experience and reaffirm that the survivors and the ones left behind matter,” reads the release.

They will be displayed annually in September to recognize both days that coincide each year on September 30.

In addition to the banners which were installed Friday, Sept. 2, by Quesnel Sign Stop, the city said it is working on several other projects with local First Nations.

They include a waterfront cultural interpretation project at Lhtako Dene Park, a memorial for the Tsilhqot’in war chiefs at the north end of G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital, a residential school pavilion in the amphitheater park next to City Hall and a community forest with the Lhtako Dene, Nazko, ?Esdilagh, and Lhoosk’uz Dené First Nations.

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