Sault College raises Indigenous Flag (video/photos)

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In recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, Sault College raised a flag outside of the M-Wing building this morning.

Sarah Grant address the crowd the Indigenous Flag Raising at Sault College, June 21, 2022 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

Sarah Grant, Indigenous Events Coordinator for the College spoke to us about what the day means to her.

“I think it’s important today to recognize Indigenous day to show our culture, our heritage, to show what we’re proud of, and for the community to to come together and to share that with us,” said Grant. “For me Indigenous Day, it shows how proud we are, how resilient we are, how proud we are of our culture and our heritage, our language. And it just gives us a day to show everyone who we are, what we’re all about and what we’ve overcome.”

Abby wears her shirt while holding the Indigenous Flag at Sault College, June 21, 2022 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

Sarah introduced us to her niece who designed the shirts that many of the participants were wearing today. Abby explained her vision when she made the clothing.

“It’s kind of a medicine wheel. But instead of the original circle, I changed into the heart. And instead of sections, I did lines,” said Abby. “To me it means not to forget that every child matters.”

Dr. Ron Common spoke of the sacrifices Indigenous people have made to help keep Canada free from the War of 1812 right through to World War 1, World War 2 and Korea.

The full ceremony leading up to the flag raising can be found below-

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