The Trudeau ‘safe’ flag can be hoisted before Remembrance Day

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is in discussions with indigenous leaders across the country and is convinced that flags on government buildings can be hoisted in time to be lowered for Remembrance Day.

Speaking in Glasgow, where he is attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Trudeau said his government is working very closely with indigenous communities and leaders as November 11 approaches.

“There is an understanding of how important it is to be able to lower the flags on Remembrance Day to mark our veterans, to mark people, including indigenous peoples, who have gone up to fight for Canadian values ​​and paid for it. ultimate sacrifice, “Trudeau said.

“I am convinced that the talks with the original management to ensure that we are able to lower the flags again on 11 November will come to the right solution,” he said.

The flags of all federal buildings were lowered on May 30 after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.

In September, Trudeau said he plans to keep the flags at half-staff in honor of those schoolchildren who never came home until indigenous communities and their leaders decide it is appropriate to raise them again.

“I think Canadians with horror have seen these unmarked graves across the country and realize that what happened decades ago is not part of our history. It is an irreversible part of our present,” Trudeau said back then.

To remember the children

Cassidy Caron, president of the Métis National Council, told CBC News in an email that she understands the federal government is using flag lowering to observe and remember many important issues.

She said that what is most important to her and to Métis Nation is to keep the children’s memories alive and that she is open to other ways of making sure that happens.

“What’s most important is that Canadians will never forget the school history of this country, the thousands of stolen children who never returned home, and the lasting effects of intergenerational trauma,” Caron said.

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Trudeau comments on Canadian flag protocols for Remembrance Day

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being asked if the flags will remain at half-staff until Memorial Day. 0:55

She challenged “our federal colleagues to propose new and more permanent ways in which they can work with Métis, Inuit and First Nations to ensure that all Canadians understand this country’s housing school history and that no Canadian ever forgets.”

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami declined to comment. The Assembly of First Nations said it was meeting to discuss the issue and would have more to say later in the week.

Flags at the National War Memorial start on November 11 fully hoisted

The Royal Canadian Legion says it has recommended to its departments that they begin their Remembrance Day ceremonies with their flags raised in full.

Nujma Bond, communications chief of the Royal Canadian Legion, which is responsible for the protocol at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, said that on the morning of November 11, the flags over the cenotape will be fully masted.

“They will be lowered during the ceremony, and at the end of the day, at sunset, the flags will be respectfully removed and they will be presented to the National Silver Cross Mother, which is tradition every year,” Bond said.

The legion-driven ceremony will, as in previous years, feature a reading of the memorial service in a native language with native veterans present and attending the ceremony.

“We respect both the decisions of the Government of Canada and also the fact that we have an inclusive ceremony every year at the National War Memorial,” Bond said.

Caron said she supports the initiative to hoist flags at the National War Memorial on Remembrance Day to lower them, but that support does not include federal buildings.

“The Government of Canada must now take responsibility for ensuring that Canadians never forget the primary school heritage of this country and about the thousands of stolen native children who never returned home.”

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