Battle of Alberta wedding edition: Duelling fans celebrate nuptials overlooking Oilers watch party

WATCH ABOVE: By complete chance, Edmonton Oilers fan Jasin Dhaliwal and his betrothed Calgary Flames fan Manika Chopra-Dhaliwal had their wedding reception overlooking Ice District Plaza Sunday, as Game 3 of the Battle of Alberta playoff series was underway outside.

It all came together by chance, but an Alberta couple who are die-hard hockey fans happened to find themselves celebrating their nuptials Sunday night while overlooking the Oilers watch party in Ice District Plaza in downtown Edmonton.

Jasin Dhaliwal and his betrothed Manika Chopra-Dhaliwal have had their wedding plans in place for months. In January, when they chose the reception location at a hotel in Ice District, they had no idea the Edmonton Oilers or the Calgary Flames would be in the playoffs, let alone facing off in the second round in an epic Battle of Alberta.

“Unreal. I think it’s just so exciting that it’s in Edmonton, it’s in the location of our reception and it’s just the epitome of our relationship,” bride Chopra-Dhaliwal said.

“We’re so excited. I love the energy here and we have people from Calgary and Edmonton coming to our reception. So it’s just the talk of the reception. It’s very unique.”

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The couple and some of their guests could be seen cheering for their respective teams Sunday night on a balcony overlooking the Moss Pit, where thousands of hockey fans were celebrating and watching Game 3 of the Battle of Alberta series.

“We had this planned since January so we had no idea it would end up on the same day,” Dhaliwal said. “We found out right after Game 7 (of the first round) when Calgary moved on… We were shocked. We didn’t know what to think. It was more excitement than anything.

“We were thinking the probability of this happening was zero. There’s no chance. We weren’t sure if the Oilers were going to make the playoffs (back in January), let alone meet each other in the second round. It’s honestly just pure luck.”

Guests at Jasin Dhaliwal and Manika Chopra-Dhaliwal's wedding cheer on their respective teams as the Battle of Alberta played in Ice District Plaza Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Guests at Jasin Dhaliwal and Manika Chopra-Dhaliwal's wedding cheer on their respective teams as the Battle of Alberta played in Ice District Plaza Sunday, May 22, 2022.

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Perhaps the most interesting part of this unintended but very welcomed circumstance is that the groom is an Oilers fan and the bride is a Flames fan.

“We’ve been going through this for five years now so we’re kind of used to it,” Dhaliwal told Global News as Game 3 was underway at Rogers Place Sunday night.

“We realize that if our relationship survives this, I think we’re good forever.”

And it just so happens that the bride chose to wear a black and red dress — very fitting for the occasion.

“I’m glad I wore red and black,” she said with a laugh. “I chose red and black last year so I love that that worked out.”

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While the outcome of the game wasn’t known when the couple spoke to Global News, they were anticipating an epic reception party, particularly if the Edmonton Oilers came out on top.

“I think it’s going to take the party to the next level tonight. That’s what we’re expecting … just with the energy in downtown right now,” Dhaliwal said.

“We’re going to remember this forever,” Chopra-Dhaliwal added.

The Oilers ended up winning the game 4-1. Game 4 goes Tuesday night in Edmonton. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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Ontario party leaders reaffirm pledges for residential school burial searches

Ontario’s four main party leaders are reaffirming commitments to search for burial sites at the province’s former residential schools for Indigenous students one year after ground-penetrating radar unearthed what are believed to be the graves of 215 children at a former such facility in British Columbia.

The Progressive Conservatives, New Democrats, Liberals and Greens have all made pledges on the issue. Doug Ford’s Tory government, for instance, promised last November to double a $10-million investment it had earmarked for burial site investigations a few months earlier.

Commitments for funding and support can also be found in the platforms of the other parties vying for victory in the June 2 election.

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Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors, however, say financial remedies won’t be enough to address the traumas exposed by the discoveries in B.C. and at other residential school sites across the country.

“Money doesn’t fix these things,” said Dawn Iehstoseranon:nha, also known as Dawn Setford, president and founder of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada.

“Money is not going to make those babies come out of the ground. But what we maybe can do: if we get some love, if we get some support, if we get some tools, we can maybe grow from there.”

A Progressive Conservative spokesperson issued a statement saying the discoveries of the unmarked grave sites at former residential schools “has been deeply traumatic for many Indigenous peoples.”

“The painful legacy of residential schools has resulted in ongoing, intergenerational trauma and we are working together to ensure funding is available for culturally appropriate, trauma-informed supports as this work is undertaken,” the spokesperson wrote.

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The party wouldn’t commit to increasing funding for the search, instead reaffirming its $20-million commitment and an additional $12.8 million allocated for “culturally appropriate mental health” services.

Iehstoseranon:nha said the process of searching for residential school burial sites has to be about “support, equality” and “inclusivity.”

“When we start to feel loved, we will start to heal,” she said. “And that is not even on the radar: it’s always money, it’s always promises. That’s not what Indigenous people are.”

Iehstoseranon:nha, who hails from the St. Regis/Akwesasne territory and who was adopted out as a baby to a non-Indigenous family, said it’s time to “stop throwing money” around and time to “do something.”

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said at a recent campaign stop in Mississauga, Ont., that “we all have an obligation” to “do everything that needs to be done to advance reconciliation with Indigenous people.”

“It’s something that we need to continue to shine a light on,” said Del Duca, highlighting the Liberal party’s costed platform, which commits to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to Action. They include allocating resources to help investigate missing Indigenous children and possible burial sites.

“It’s so important to have a government at Queen’s Park, and a premier at Queen’s Park, who doesn’t simply believe in dictating from on high about this, but actually works with Indigenous people, and actually has these searches be led in partnership with Indigenous people in this province,” said Del Duca.

“So we will fund it appropriately, but we will work closely with Indigenous people so we’re not dictating and suggesting we know how to do it better.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also affirmed her commitment to working with Indigenous communities “on solving the crises that continue to unfold, both on their territories as well as in urban communities.”

The party’s platform contains commitments to support and work with First Nations to identify burial sites of children at residential schools, as well as commission “a monument” by an Indigenous artist for display at Queen’s Park “that recognizes the victims of the Indian residential school system.” Such a monument, if erected, would fulfill one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

“The trauma that has been experienced by First Nations communities in the context of the horrific discoveries of the various ? graves of children that never made their way home from ? residential schools is significant,” said Horwath.

She said it’s important to respect First Nations leadership and include their perspectives in any plans concerning their communities.

“The counseling and the kind of supports that need to happen during (the search for burial sites) 3/8 _ because it does bring a lot of trauma with it _ all of those things need to be led by First Nations voices and First Nations peoples.”

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Severe hepatitis in kids: Theories emerge for cause of mysterious illness

Ten children have now been found to be suffering from a severe case of hepatitis over a five-month period including a new case in Alberta. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports.

Health officials remain perplexed by mysterious cases of severe liver damage in hundreds of young children around the world.

The best available evidence points to a fairly common stomach bug that isn’t known to cause liver problems in otherwise healthy kids. That virus was detected in the the blood of stricken children but – oddly – it has not been found in their diseased livers.

“There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense,” said Eric Kremer, a virus researcher at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier, in France.

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As health officials in more than a dozen countries look into the mystery, they are asking:

_ Has there been some surge in the stomach bug _ called adenovirus 41 _ that is causing more cases of a previously undetected problem?

_ Are children more susceptible due to pandemic-related lockdowns that sheltered them from the viruses kids usually experience?

_ Is there some mutated version of the adenovirus causing this? Or some other not-yet-identified germ, drug or toxin?

_ Is it some kind of haywire immune system reaction set off by a past COVID-19 infection and a later invasion by some other virus?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and investigators around the globe are trying to sort out what’s going on.

The illnesses are considered rare. CDC officials last week said they are now looking into 180 possible cases across the U.S. Most of the children were hospitalized, at least 15 required liver transplants and six died.

More than 20 other countries have reported hundreds more cases in total, though the largest numbers have been in the U.K. and U.S.

Symptoms of hepatitis – or inflammation of the liver – include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, joint pain and jaundice.

The scope of the problem only started to become clear last month, though disease detectives say they have been working on the mystery for months. It’s been maddeningly difficult to nail a cause down, experts say.

Conventional causes of liver inflammation in otherwise healthy kids _ the viruses known as hepatitis A, B, C, D and E _ didn’t show up in tests. What’s more, the children came from different places and there seemed to be no common exposures.

What did show up was adenovirus 41. More than half of the U.S. cases have tested positive for adenovirus, of which there are dozens of varieties. In a small number of specimens tested to see what kind of adenovirus was present, adenovirus 41 came up every time.

The fact that adenovirus keeps showing up strengthens the case for it playing a role, but it’s unclear how, Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, told The Associated Press.

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Many adenoviruses are associated with common cold symptoms, such as fever, sore throat and pink eye. Some versions _ including adenovirus 41 – can trigger other problems, including inflammation in the stomach and intestines. Adenoviruses previously have been linked to hepatitis in children, but mostly in kids with weakened immune systems.

Recent genetic analysis has turned up no evidence that a single new mutant version of the virus is to blame, said Dr. Umesh Parashar, chief of the CDC group focused on viral gut diseases.

Adenovirus infections are not systematically tracked in the U.S., so it’s not clear if there’s been some recent surge in virus activity. In fact, adenoviruses are so common that researchers aren’t sure what to make of their presence in these cases.

“If we start testing everybody for the adenovirus, they will find so many kids” that have it, said Dr. Heli Bhatt, a pediatric gastroenterologist who treated two Minnesota children with the liver problems.

One was a child who came in nearly five months ago with liver failure. Doctors couldn’t figure why. Unfortunately, “not having a cause is something that happens,” Bhatt said. Roughly a third of acute liver failure cases go unexplained, experts have estimated.

Bhatt said the second child she saw got sick last month. By that time, health officials had been drawing attention to cases, and she and other doctors began going back and reviewing unexplained illnesses since October.

Indeed, many cases added to the tally in the last few weeks were not recent illnesses but rather earlier ones that were re-evaluated. About 10% of the U.S. cases occurred in May, Butler said. The rate seems to be relatively flat since the fall, he added.

It’s possible that doctors are merely discovering a phenomenon that’s been going on for years, some scientists said.

Another possible explanation: COVID-19.

The CDC recently estimated that, as of February, 75 per cent of U.S. children had been infected by the coronavirus.

Only 10% to 15% of the children with the mysterious hepatitis had COVID-19, according to nasal swab tests given when they checked into a hospital, health officials say.

But investigators are wondering about previous coronavirus infections. It’s possible that coronavirus particles lurking in the gut are playing a role, said Petter Brodin, a pediatric immunologist at Imperial College London.

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In a piece earlier this month in the medical journal Lancet, Brodin and another scientist suggested that a combination of lingering coronavirus and an adenovirus infection could trigger a liver-damaging immune system reaction.

“I think it’s an unfortunate combination of circumstances that could explain this,” Brodin told the AP.

Butler said researchers have seen complex reactions like that before, and investigators are discussing ways to better check out the hypothesis.

He said it was “not out of the realm of plausibility, at all.”

A Case Western Reserve University preprint study, which has yet to be peer reviewed, suggested children who had COVID-19 had a significantly higher risk of liver damage.

Dr. Markus Buchfellner, a pediatric infectious diseases doctor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was involved in the identification of the first U.S. cases in the fall.

The illnesses were “weird” and concerning, he said. Six months later, “we don’t really know exactly what we’re dealing with.”

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Plane that disappeared in April found crashed in northern Ontario: OPP

A plane that disappeared from radar coverage in April has been found crashed in northern Ontario, police say.

Ontario Provincial Police said the Piper Comanche was heading from Delhi, Ont., to Marathon, Ont., when it disappeared from radar coverage near Red Rock Lake on April 14.

OPP said that on April 24, officers launched a missing person investigation following a 10-day search for the plane.

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Officials conducted “a lengthy aerial search” that was made difficult by inclement weather and deep snow, police said.

On Saturday, a civilian helicopter and an OPP helicopter were doing additional searches in “areas of interest” at Lake Superior Provincial Park, police said.

At around 5 p.m., a crash site was located near Old Woman Bay.

OPP said two people were onboard the aircraft, both of whom died.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating what led to the crash.

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Man seriously injured after stabbing in north Scarborough, 18-year-old in custody: police

A man has serious injuries after a stabbing in north Scarborough Monday morning, Toronto police say.

Police said they were called to the area of Steeles Avenue East and Ashcroft Street, west of Brimley Road, shortly before 6 a.m.

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There were reports of an altercation and stabbing. Police said a man was rushed to hospital via an emergency run.

Toronto paramedics told Global News they transported the victim to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said an 18-year-old man is in custody.

 

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Canada's most northern border to reopen June 1 for first time since COVID-19 began

Yukon’s tourism industry is abuzz with anticipation as Canada’s northernmost border opens next week for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic began, says the executive director of the Klondike Visitors Association in Dawson City.

Ricky Mawunganidze said the ferry that is used to access the border from the Canadian side began operating Thursday and the highway has been cleared of snow, which means people will be able to access the border when it reopens on June 1.

The Little Gold_Poker Creek border crossing is only opened during the summer months, and because of COVID-19, it hasn’t been in operation since Sept. 22, 2019.

Mawunganidze said local businesses are eager for the season to begin.

“Our operators are experiencing high occupancy already. We’re getting a lot of calls from people looking to come in June, which is the time when we start to get busy,” he said in an interview. “Right now, folks are just getting themselves organized, and there’s definitely a positive buzzabout the potential for more tourists coming in.”

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Located on the Top of the World Highway, the border crossing separates Yukon from Alaska. It’s the main tourist route for those visiting Dawson City, the small mining and tourism town along the Yukon River, about 533 kilometres north of Whitehorse.

Accessing the border from Dawson City means taking a short ferry trip across the river, then a drive of about 100 kilometres.

Mawunganidze said the border is also a conduit for “family connection,” particularly for the local First Nation community.

“This year is going to be a Moosehide Gathering year, which is the traditional gathering forTr’ondek Hwech’in, which hasn’t been able to happen for the past few years,” he said. “A lot of their Alaskan family will be coming over for that in July, so the border opening is critical to that continuation of culture and history.”

Americans typically make up most of the territory’s tourists. Results from Yukon’s 2017-18 exit survey show there were 491,300 visitors to Yukon between November 2017 and October 2018. Sixty-two per cent were American.

Dawson City’s website advertises that the town accepts American money.

The Canada Border Services Agency delayed the border’s opening by about two weeks and it will close on Sept. 1, about two weeks earlier than before the pandemic. It says in a statement that it will also operate under reduced hours, closing at 7 p.m.

Mawunganidze said a delayed opening isn’t unusual as it relies on the river breakup and snowmelt, but the town is lobbying the government to allow the border to remain open until mid-September.

“This year needs to be about uninterrupted operation so that we build back confidence in working in this industry. There’s more desire this year to extend our season as far as we can.”

Yukon Tourism Minister Ranj Pillai said in an interview that he is “really pleased” that all border crossings in the territory will be open this summer, noting about 13,000 people crossed the Little Gold border in 2019.

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“All our government and private sector folks are working very closely to optimize the opportunity that everybody so dearly needs after the two years that the tourism sector went through, and I think we’re in good shape going into the summer,” he said.

Pillai said another new tourism revenue stream comes in the form of direct flights that are now being offered between Whitehorse and Toronto. The first flight took off May 10.

“It’s pretty big, having a direct opportunity to go from the Yukon into the busiest airport in Canada,” he said. “That’s going to be just another opportunity for us and we’re really focusing on making sure that we people in this market know how amazing Yukon is.”

Mawunganidze said tourism in Dawson actually boomed last year due to Canadian visitors, creating a new challenge: staffing shortages.

He said the industry depends on young workers moving to Dawson for the summer to fill seasonal jobs, but this hasn’t happened since 2019. With about 200 positions still available and unfilled, he said operators are concerned they won’t have enough workers again this year.

“We desperately need seasonal labour. We have a plethora of amazing jobs and great experiences, and we want people to come join us for the summer.”

By Brieanna Charlebois in Vancouver

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U.S. would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan, Biden says

U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday during a joint press conference with the prime minister of Japan that the U.S. supports the one China policy but the country does not have the “jurisdiction” to take control of Taiwan through force. He said the U.S. “stands firmly” against the annexation of Taiwan by force.

President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It marks one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades.

Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked if he was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if China invaded.

“That’s the commitment we made,” he added.

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The U.S. traditionally has avoided making such an explicit security guarantee to Taiwan, with which it no longer has a mutual defence treaty, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity” about how far it would be willing to go if China invaded.

The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which has governed U.S. relations with the island, does not require the U.S. to step in militarily to defend Taiwan if China invades, but makes it American policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and to prevent any unilateral change of status in Taiwan by Beijing.

Biden’s comments drew a sharp response from the mainland, which has claimed Taiwan to be a rogue province.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition” to Biden’s comments, sayin: “China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China’s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

He added, “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests, and we will do what we say.”

A White House official said Biden’s comments did not reflect a policy shift.

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Speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said any effort by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate,” adding that it “will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”

China has stepped up its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unify with the communist mainland.

“They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the manoeuvres that are undertaken,” Biden said of China.

Under the “one China” policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China and doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

However, the U.S. maintains unofficial contacts including a de facto embassy in Taipei, the capital, and supplies military equipment for the island’s defence.

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Biden said it is his “expectation” that China would not try to seize Taiwan by force, but he said that assessment “depends upon just how strong the world makes clear that that kind of action is going to result in long-term disapprobation by the rest of the community.”

He added that deterring China from attacking Taiwan was one reason why it’s important that Russian President Vladimir Putin “pay a dear price for his barbarism in Ukraine,” lest China and other nations get the idea that such action is acceptable.

Fearing escalation with nuclear-armed Russia, Biden quickly ruled out putting U.S. forces into direct conflict with Russia, but he has shipped billions of dollars in U.S. military assistance that has helped Ukraine put up a stiffer-than-expected resistance to Russia’s onslaught.

Taipei cheered Biden’s remarks, with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou expressing “sincere welcome and gratitude” for the comments.

“The challenge posed by China to the security of the Taiwan Strait has drawn great concern in the international community,” said Ou.

“Taiwan will continue to improve its self-defence capabilities, and deepen cooperation with the United States and Japan and other like-minded countries to jointly defend the security of the Taiwan Strait and the rules-based international order, while promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”

It’s not the first time Biden has pledged to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack, only for administration officials to later claim there had been no change to American policy.

In a CNN town hall in October, Biden was asked about using the U.S. military to defend Taiwan and replied, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”

Biden’s comments came just before he formally launched a long-anticipated Indo-Pacific trade pact that excludes Taiwan.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed Sunday that Taiwan isn’t among the governments signed up for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which is meant to allow the U.S. to work more closely with key Asian economies on issues like supply chains, digital trade, clean energy and anticorruption.

Inclusion of Taiwan would have irked China.

Sullivan said the U.S. wants to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan on a one-to-one basis.

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Motorcyclist dead after collision with sedan in Richmond Hill: police

A motorcyclist is dead after a collision with a sedan in Richmond Hill on Sunday, police say.

York Regional Police said emergency crews were called at 9:18 p.m. to Highway 7 and Silver Linden Drive, west of Bayview Avenue.

Police said a male motorcyclist in his late 20s was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

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Images from the scene show a damaged motorcycle on its side in the intersection with debris strewn in the roadway.

A white car with damage to its passenger side was seen stopped a short distance away.

There is no word on what may have led to the incident.

Roads were closed in the area but have since reopened.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 9:18 p.m. Sunday.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 9:18 p.m. Sunday.

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Honouring Le Estcwicwéy̓: B.C. First Nation marks 1 year since discovery of 215 unmarked graves

A year of reawakened trauma for survivors of residential schools in Canada will be acknowledged Monday, with a ceremony in Kamloops. It will mark the first anniversary of the discovery of presumed, unmarked graves at the former residential school there. Kamil Karamali reports live from Kamloops.

Warning: This story deals with disturbing subject matter that may upset and trigger some readers. Discretion is advised.

It’s been one year since members of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc learned that 215 suspected unmarked graves had been detected in the apple orchard near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The red-bricked institution of assimilation is a haunting visual landmark. Its doors have been shuttered since 1978, but its darkened windows still overlook the South Thompson River in B.C.’s central Interior.

Many of its survivors had always known about Le Estcwicwéy̓ — the missing children — and the preliminary findings of ground-penetrating radar only confirmed their deepest fears.

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc mourned for a traditional one-year period, and on Monday, welcomed visitors from across the country to join them in a memorial for the ones who never made it home.

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The anniversary began with a private sunrise ceremony at the community’s Powwow Arbour, a space of gathering and healing not far from where Le Estcwicwéy̓ are buried. Songs, drumming, dance, and a feast will follow.

The community will host Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller in the morning, in addition to several municipal and provincial politicians.

While Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc grieved privately for several days before revealing Le Estcwicwéy̓ to the rest of Canada, the missing children quickly catalyzed a national reckoning on reconciliation.

The gut-wrenching discovery of what lay beneath the old orchard forced many to confront the truth about residential schools. The state- and church-sponsored institutions were built to destroy Indigenous identities, and in the process, subjected children to cruel and sometimes fatal forms of abuse.

In a matter of days, flags were lowered to half-mast around the country. Little shoes, a symbol of those died in residential schools, were placed at the doorsteps of churches, schools and government buildings.

Some communities cancelled Canada Day celebrations to focus on healing and reconciliation, while the federal government declared its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation would take place on Sept. 30, 2021 — answering a six-year-old call from the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In the months that followed, thousands of suspected unmarked burial sites were detected at former school grounds in several provinces as First Nations undertook ground-penetrating radar searches.

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Earlier this month, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc confirmed another round of radar searches will begin on its territory later this week. That work will take more than a month to complete.

In July, some survivors of Kamloops Indian Residential School are expected to travel to Edmonton to see Pope Francis on his reconciliation pilgrimage to Canada. He will also stop in Iqaluit and Quebec City.

Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir has previously expressed profound disappointment that the Holy Father will not stop in Kamloops, given the widespread national and international impact of Le Estcwicwéy̓. She had also hand-delivered an invitation to the pontiff during a historic delegation of Indigenous peoples to the Vatican.

That delegation wrapped up last month with Francis issuing an apology for the “deplorable conduct” of some clergy members in residential schools. The Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops has said it expects him to make similar public statements on Canadian soil.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.

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