Federal government to keep Canadian flag hoisted after Remembrance Day ceremonies

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The federal government will keep the Canadian flags on the main pole on government buildings after the Remembrance Day commemoration next week.

In a joint statement today, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller confirmed that the flags on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill and all government buildings will be hoisted at sunset. sun on November 7 and lowered to sunrise on November 8 to recognize Indigenous Veterans Day.

They will then be reassembled before being lowered on November 11 – Remembrance Day. After these ceremonies, the flag will fly at full mast over government buildings.

Flags on federal buildings have been flying at half mast across the country since May 30, in response to the discovery of hundreds of anonymous graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.

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“As the supreme symbol of our nation, the fact that the national flag of Canada was flown at half mast for the longest period in Canadian history is a testament to the tremendous sense of loss,” the ministers’ statement said. “Raising the flag at this time will allow us to honor and remember important moments in Canadian history.

Ministers said the government has sought advice from Indigenous partners on how best to honor residential school victims.

“In the future, the national flag of Canada will be lowered to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30,” they said.

The ministers also said the government would advance work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action, including a call for the creation of a national monument in Ottawa to honor “residential school survivors and all. children who have never returned home “.

The government said it would also approach the National Council for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) to find a place within the parliamentary precinct to hoist the orange flag of NCTR survivors.

But the government is not adopting a proposal put forward earlier today by the Assembly of First Nations – which the organization touted as a “solution” that would allow Ottawa to hoist Canadian flags to honor veterans on the day. of Remembrance while “continuing to mourn the genocide of Indigenous Children.”

Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks at a press conference in Kamloops, British Columbia, September 30, 2021. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

In a media statement, AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald called on the government to hoist the flags that have been at half mast for months and “attach the orange” Every Child Counts “flag to the Peace Tower and on all federal buildings as of November 7. . “

“We agree that the flag will be hoisted before Remembrance Day so that all veterans will be honored when they are half mast on November 11, 2021,” Archibald said.

“In addition, the orange” Every Child Matters “flag will continue to fly until all of our children are picked up, named and symbolically or physically returned to their countries of origin with an appropriate ceremony.”

The AFN wanted the “Every Child Matters” flag to fly on the same pole under the Canadian flag. Official protocol states that the Canadian flag must always be hoisted on its own pole or pole.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said the lowering of the flags paid tribute to residential school students who never returned home. In September, Trudeau pledged to keep them at half mast “until it is clear that Indigenous peoples are happy to raise them again.”

Speaking to reporters in Glasgow, Scotland this week, Trudeau said he was “confident that conversations with indigenous leaders” would allow the government to raise the flags so that they could be lowered again on the day. of Remembrance.

“We understand how important it is to be able to lower the flags on Remembrance Day to mark our veterans, to mark the people, including the aboriginal peoples who mobilized to defend Canadian values ​​and made the ultimate sacrifice” said Trudeau mentioned.

Watch: Trudeau comments on flag protocol for Remembrance Day

Trudeau comments on Canadian flag protocols for Remembrance Day

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is asked if the flags will stay at half mast for Remembrance Day. 0:55


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