Published on September 7, 2021

Permanent Flag Poles for Treaty 6 Flag and Métis Flag

On Sunday, September 12 at 11 a.m., the City of St. Albert, in collaboration with its Indigenous partners, will hold a flag raising ceremony at St. Albert Place. As part of the ceremony, the Treaty 6 Flag and the Métis Nation Flag will each be raised on their own dedicated flag pole for permanent display.

“This is an important moment for the St. Albert community and represents another step forward on our collective journey towards reconciliation,” says Cindy de Bruijn, Senior Manager of Community Relations for the City of St. Albert. “We encourage residents and visitors from the surrounding region to join us.”

It is important to note that videography and photography will be prohibited during certain portions of the ceremony. 

“Installing two additional flag poles dedicated to flying the Treaty 6 Flag and the Métis Nation Flag was one of the recommendations of the Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert Final Report,” adds de Bruijn. 

The recommendations in the report were informed by various public participation opportunities, which took place in late 2018 and early 2019.

With the installation of the two additional flag poles, there are now six flag poles at St. Albert Place. From left to right, the order of the permanently displayed flags will be Canada, Treaty 6, Métis Nation, Alberta and St. Albert to reflect that First Nations and Métis Nations are sovereign entities, which is another recommendation of the Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert Final Report. The sixth flag pole is known as the Community Flag Pole and displays flags in a temporary basis according to the City’s Flag Display Policy
“The flag-raising ceremony will kick off a week of in-person Indigenous programing and learning opportunities to help our community better understand Indigenous history and the need for reconciliation,” says de Bruijn.
For more information on the week's programming opportunities, check the schedule in the community calendar on the City website. 

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Last edited: September 10, 2021