After more than two decades of planting miniature Canadian flags at the end of driveways in and around Huntsville, Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate is pausing the tradition for 2021.
The local real estate brokerage shared the news on its social media channels today.
“For the past 25 years, the team at Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate and their family and friends have joined together in the early hours of Canada Day to plant Canada flags around Huntsville, Almaguin Highlands, and our surrounding communities,” they wrote. “It is a tradition that we have loved sharing with our communities as a celebration of our great country.
“We are saddened and heartbroken at the discovery of the many children that have been discovered, and no doubt will continue to be discovered, at the residential schools across this country. The abuse of the Indigenous people in this country has been and continues to be something we need to address as a society. We need to use our voices for those that cannot.
“With that in mind, we have decided to pause our tradition of planting the flags for this year. We love our country. It is a place that has welcomed many from around the world with open arms. We honour all those who have sacrificed for us to have our freedoms. But we are not without our faults. We need to do better. And we can do better. It’s time to listen.”
The Residential School Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available to provide support to anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of a residential school experience.
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