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Brandon University spruced up its street presence on Thursday by displaying six new flags on campus, with the aim of celebrating Canada’s Indigenous communities.

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Brandon University spruced up its street presence on Thursday by displaying six new flags on campus, with the aim of celebrating Canada’s Indigenous communities.

This small ceremony was attended by school officials which included president David Docherty, Indigenous Peoples’ Centre director Chris Lagimodiere and Canadian Senator and chancellor Mary Jane McCallum, who hoisted a Treaty Two flag, a Métis flag and an All Nations flag alongside a Canada, Manitoba and BU banner.

The flags were smudged and the grounds were cleansed before each piece of fabric was raised. After all six flags had been raised, attendees performed an honour song.

Brandon University president David Docherty and Canadian Senator and BU Chancellor Mary Jane McCallum ready the Brandon University flag on a flag post in front of the university on Thursday morning. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)

“These flags are symbolic of the multiple, overlapping communities that call this land home, and represent a visible sign that Brandon University is a welcoming space for all,” Docherty said.

Previously, BU only flew the Canada flag on a single flagpole. However, the university installed new flagpoles last year and hoped to display these fresh banners by the time National Indigenous Peoples Day rolled around in 2021.

“Representation matters, and seeing Indigenous flags flown side by side up there stirs a lot of pride,” Lagimodiere said.

“This continues to add to the Indigenous infl uence on campus, such as our seven teachings plaques, and each piece that we add makes all of BU a warmer and more inviting place.”

Thursday’s news release that accompanied this event also revealed that these flags will be a permanent addition to the BU campus along 18th Street.

Brandon University president David Docherty and Chancellor Mary Jane McCallum are presented with the Treaty 2 flag by Chief Norman Bone and Boh Kubrakovich on Thursday morning at Brandon University. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)

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Knowledge-keepers Barb Blind and Frank Tacan smudge a flag to cleanse it before being raised in front of Brandon University on Thursday morning. In total, six flags were raised on the BU campus, representing Canada, Manitoba, the Métis, Treaty 2, All Nations, and Brandon University. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
Canadian Senator and BU Chancellor Mary Jane McCallum smudges before a flag raising ceremony Brandon University on Thursday morning. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
BU Maintenance Supervisor Al Puhach helps BU President David Docherty and Leah LaPlante from the Manitoba Métis Federation as they raise the Métis flag on Thursday morning in front of Brandon University. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
An All Nations flag flutters in a warm breeze on Thursday morning in front of Brandon University on 18th Street. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
Brandon West MLA and Minister of Central Services, Reg Helwer, holds the end of a Manitoba flag in the company of Canadian Senator and BU Chancellor Mary Jane McCallum while university president Dr. David Docherty hoists the flag up the pole on Thursday morning along 18th Street on the east side of the campus. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
Alana Hahn, Constituency Assistant from Brandon–Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire’s office, assists BU President David Docherty in raising the Canadian flag on Thursday morning in front of Brandon University along 18th Street. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
Dignitaries from local Indigenous groups, the Manitoba and Canadian governments and Brandon University raise six flags in front of the university along 18th Street on Thursday morning. From left, the flags represent Canada, Manitoba, the Métis, Treaty 2, All Nations and Brandon University. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
Knowledge-keeper Barb Blind says a prayer during the flag-raising ceremony on Thursday moring at Brandon University, with BU President David Docherty in background. (Matt Goerzen/The Brandon Sun)
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