Treaty 7 flag flies permanently at City Hall
Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Treaty 7 traditional knowledge keepers, Chiefs, and representatives joined together in a ceremony to raise the Treaty 7 flag at
City Hall today.
The ceremony acknowledged that Calgary, traditionally known as Moh’kinsstis, meaning “The Elbow” in Blackfoot, is a neighbor to a number of First Nations in the area. The ceremony also blessed the shared journey between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples with principles of mutual recognition and respect of our shared history, and affirmation and renewal of the relationship between The City of Calgary and The Treaty 7 Nations.
“At the confluence of two rivers, the lifeblood of our city, our cultures converged and our modern story began,” said Mayor Nenshi. “In a time of reconciliation, the inclusion of this permanent flag reinforces our common history and our commitment to move forward and build a common future of prosperity.”
The City of Calgary responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action through the adoption of the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Affairs Committee’s 2016 White Goose Flying report. White Goose Flying provides The City of Calgary with 25 recommendations that will help create a more equitable and inclusive society. One of the recommendations is flying the Treaty 7 flag at City Hall. In November 2016, Calgary City Council agreed to fly the Treaty 7 flag at City Hall to recognize that Calgary is traditional territory of the people of Treaty 7.
The Treaty 7 flag will be one of five flags flown permanently at City Hall. It will be flown alongside the Canada, Alberta, Royal Union (Union Jack) and Calgary Flags.