Some B.C. groups, non-profits will not mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Day of Mourning

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B.C. groups, non-profits to remain open on national day of mourning for Queen
Canada will mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a national day of mourning this Monday to coincide with the Queen's funeral in London. B.C. public schools and crown corporations will be closed while some Indigenous nations and non-profits say they will stay open. Kristen Robinson reports – Sep 17, 2022

B.C. schools and government offices will be closed tomorrow to mark the province’s day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

However, not all organizations are following suit.

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Vancouver’s Battered Women’s Support Services and its offices will remain open, along with its social enterprise clothing store, My Sister’s Closet.

“We recognize that violence against women actually doesn’t take a holiday and so we (will) remain open 24/7, regardless,” Angela Marie MacDougall, Battered Women’s Support Services’ executive director.

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society will also be keeping its doors open Monday.

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With the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation less than two weeks away, the society said it needs to stay open to support survivors.

”This is a very triggering time as well, it stirs up a lot of emotions for a lot of Indigenous folk, whether they think it is or not, and I strongly feel that we need to be available for those that may need to reach out and have a little chat or a talk,” said Angela White, the executive director of Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

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In addition to the health care system, banks will also stay open Monday.

The Canadian Banking Association said it will observe a moment of silence to remember the queen but is also committed to delivering essential services.

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