Shuswap First Nations flag may fly at city hall

A fourth flag pole may soon be standing in front of Salmon Arm’s city hall, flying the flag of the Secwepemc, or Shuswap First Nations.

City council agreed to erect a flag pole, with a spot in front of the municipal building being the favoured location. Though council agreed to  “collaborate” with local First Nations prior to planting the pole to make sure they’re amenable to the location.

The notion for a motion to erect a flag pole for the Secwepemc flag resulted from a recent discussion between city councillors and the Adams Lake Indian Band.

“I think what was kind of the neat thing about this flag is that it represents all of the nations within the Shuswap region, which is a very large region,” said Coun. Debbie Cannon. “And I think, in the past, council has had a real policy about flags in general, but this is something totally different… So I think, if we put another flag pole up there with our other flags, and raise it during… Aboriginal Day, I think that would be an appropriate ceremony. “

Coun. Chad Eliason called flying the flag in front at city hall a first step towards recognizing the governance of neighbouring bands.

National Aboriginal Day is June 21.


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