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Flags of Indigenous Nations will fly at Confederation Park this summer

Four new flags – representing the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Métis nations – will be permanently added to Confederation Park this summer to honour the Indigenous peoples who have called this land home since time immemorial.

“Installing these flags is a step on our journey of reconciliation and a demonstration of our commitment as a City towards building a new relationship for the future,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Our Council approved this step because we know flags are powerful symbols and we wanted to honour those symbols, acknowledge Indigenous history and present, culture and contributions.”

Construction to install the flagpoles begins Tuesday, June 25 and is expected to wrap up by Thursday, July 4. Later this summer, a flag raising ceremony will be held to raise the flags for the first time.

Learn more about these nation’s flags:

Anishinaabeg Flag

The Anishinaabe First Nations flag features a thunderbird (Animikii) at the center. According to traditional stories, this powerful, spiritual animal is said to create the sound of thunder just by the flapping of its wings. The bird is also a protector with the ability to bring rain that nurtures and cleanses the earth.

The Anishinaabeg Flag, a white thunderbird within a white circle on a red background

Haudenosaunee Flag

Also known as the Six Nations Confederacy flag, the Haudenosaunee flag symbolizes the Hiawatha wampum belt, and represents each of the original Five Nations (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk nations). The square on the right represents the Mohawk, followed by one representing the Oneida. At the center is the Great Tree of Peace, which represents the Onondaga. To the immediate left of the tree is a square representing the Cayuga, followed by one for the Seneca. Each symbol is connected, representing the union of the nations.

the Haudenosaunee flag, four white squares with a white tree in the centre on a blue background

Huron-Wendat Flag

The symbols in the Huron Wendat flag represent elements of the Nation’s culture, territory and history. This includes a beaver and other animals to represent the Huron-Wendat clan and other clans in the Nation’s confederation. The flag also features a canoe and snowshoes to represent the Nation’s traditional modes of travel and relationship to life-giving water; braided sweetgrass to represent the interconnected relationship of nature; and bustards (large territorial birds) to represent the story of the creation of the world, held with deep importance by the Huron-Wendat.

the Huron-Wendat flag, with an image of a beaver sitting on a lodge with three bustards flying overhead, two snowshoes, a canoe and a circle of braided sweetgrass, bordered on the top and bottom with a blue and white woven pattern indicating a wampum belt.

Métis Flag

Also known as the Métis Infinity Flag, this flag features a white infinity symbol at the center and dates to 1815. The infinity symbol represents the joining of two cultures and the existence of a people forever. 

The Métis flag, a white infinity symbol displayed horizontally on a blue background

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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