BARRIE, ONT. – The Canadian flag of Rama First Nation will not be removed but lowered and will remain so for an indefinite period in recognition of the country’s historic wrongs, including the mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Rama First Nation said that due to current events and recent discoveries of “continued bodies and sites recovered,” all of its flags would remain lowered until after Canada Day.
“We can’t predict when the Canadian flag will be hoisted. It will depend on Canada’s response as well as ongoing relations with indigenous peoples, ”the statement added.
The Rama First Nation extended its “heartfelt condolences” to the Tk’emlûp te Secwépemc First Nation in British Columbia, the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan and the First Nation residential school survivors.
Last week, hundreds of anonymous graves have been discovered near a former residential school in Saskatchewan. The news came after the remains of 215 children were found at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, last month.
The statement added that Rama would not withdraw the Canadian flag, “because we respect and honor our veterans, some who never returned home, who bravely fought on behalf of this country.”
Canadians are encouraged to wear orange on Canada Day to show their support for our Indigenous community.