AFN National Chief: You Cannot Raise the Flag Without Taking Action
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OTTAWA – The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says there must be another symbolic gesture to recognize the genocide of Indigenous children if Canada is to hoist its flag.
RoseAnne Archibald says ideas for such an expression will be discussed at the organization’s executive meeting this week, adding that national Inuit and Métis leaders must also be involved.
Questions about what to do with the national flag have surfaced in the run-up to Remembrance Day, an occasion on which it has traditionally been half-masted in tribute to soldiers who died in the service of Canada.
The flags of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill and other federal buildings have been at half mast since the end of May, but the Royal Canadian Legion has announced its intention to hoist the flag at the Ottawa War Memorial on the 11th. November before immediately lowering it again to half mast.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the lowering of national flags after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation announced that ground-penetrating radar detected what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children in an ancient Kamloops Residential School, British Columbia.
Weeks later, the Cowessess First Nation near Regina revealed that it had found 751 unmarked graves, prompting Indigenous leaders and many non-Indigenous Canadians to redouble calls for Ottawa to help bring justice to residential school survivors.
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