Shoes a part of B.C. memorial for residential school victims disappear before removal

VANCOUVER- Most of the shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery that were a part of a memorial dedicated to children who never returned from residential schools disappeared hours before a scheduled ceremony to remove them. A spokesperson for the City of Vancouver said Friday the city had an agreement with the artist and volunteers guarding the memorial to have a ceremony to remove the shoes before the weekend. However, when city staff arrived Friday morning to begin work, Michelle Bryant-Gravelle said they found the shoes had mostly disappeared, with staff members saying the volunteers had admitted to removing them. Volunteers on-site at the memorial said on Saturday they did not know where the shoes went, declining further comment. Bryant-Gravelle said the shoes’ removal puts the city in…

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