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North Okanagan Friendship Centre hosts Orange Heart Memorial

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The North Okanagan Friendship Centre is honouring the 215 Indigenous children found in unmarked burial sites at the Kamloops residential school by hosting a sidewalk event in Vernon.

People are encouraged to drop by and leave a message on an orange heart, which will be provided by the friendship centre.

Read more: Residential schools: What we know about their history and how many died

The sidewalk event will be held at 2904 29th St. in Vernon on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The hearts will be displayed and then later taken to a sweat lodge ceremony.

The North Okanagan Friendship Centre will also be accepting donations for a memorial bench and mural for the Indigenous children, as well as for its Indigenous early childhood programs.