City permanently raises Algonquin Anishinabe flags at City Hall

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Quote from Grand Chief Verna Polson, Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council “Today is a historic day for The Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. Our flags provide identity to our Nation. We hold great pride that our Nation’s flags will be flying outside Ottawa City Hall, and be displayed in Council Chambers and in the Mayor’s boardroom. The City of Ottawa is Canada’s capital as such this event is of great historic, social and spiritual significance to Algonquin Anishinabe peoples who have lived on this land since time immemorial.”On National Indigenous Peoples Day, Mayor Jim Watson has requested to have the flags of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council permanently raised at Ottawa City Hall. As of today, the flags will fly at Marion Dewar Plaza and will be permanently displayed in Council Chambers and in the Mayor’s boardroom.

 The raising of the flags is another milestone in the City’s reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples. In February, Council approved a Reconciliation Action Plan to redress the legacy of residential schools in Canada.

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Lors de la Journée nationale des peuples autochtones, le maire Jim Watson a demandé que les drapeaux de la Première Nation algonquine de Pikwàkanagàn et du Conseil tribal de la nation algonquine Anishinabeg soient déployés en permanence à l’hôtel de ville. À compter d’aujourd’hui, les drapeaux flotteront à la place Marion-Dewar et seront installés en permanence dans la salle du Conseil et dans la salle de conférence du maire.quote from mayor jim watson

Le lever des drapeaux est un autre jalon important dans les efforts de réconciliation de la ville avec les peuples autochtones. En février, le Conseil a approuvé un Plan d’action de réconciliation, dans le but de réparer les torts causés par les pensionnats autochtones.

This post is based on a press release from the City of Ottawa. For more information about the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan, visit the City’s website.

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