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.
"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.
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