On National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), Mayor Jim Watson requested to have the flags of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council permanently raised at Ottawa City Hall.
The flags will fly at Marion Dewar Plaza and will be permanently displayed in Council Chambers and in the Mayor’s boardroom.
The raising of the flags is another milestone in the city’s reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples. In February, Council approved a Reconciliation Action Plan to redress the legacy of residential schools in Canada
“The City of Ottawa readily acknowledges that our land is located on un-ceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation,” Mayor Jim Watson said. “Ottawa is honoured to celebrate the history, heritage and culture of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, the original Indigenous caretakers of our land. Permanently raising the flags is a step towards reconciliation, and it recognizes the significant past and present contributions of the Algonquin Anishinabe peoples to our city and our country.”
“Today is a historic day for The Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. Our flags provide identity to our Nation,” said Grand Chief Verna Polson, Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council. “We hold great pride that our Nation’s flags will be flying outside Ottawa City Hall and be displayed in Council Chambers and in the Mayor’s boardroom. The City of Ottawa is Canada’s capital as such this event is of great historic, social and spiritual significance to Algonquin Anishinabe peoples who have lived on this land since time immemorial.”