New flags send clear and strong message

October 19 2017

Treaty 6 and Métis flags raised permanently on campus

On October 18, MacEwan University raised the Treaty 6 and Métis flags for the first time in their new permanent home at the institution’s clock tower entrance.

“This is a historic and meaningful day for MacEwan University and our community,” said President Deborah Saucier. “Creating a permanent place for the Treaty 6 and Métis flags alongside the national, provincial and civic flags that mark the entrance of our institution is a very public display—one that I hope sends a clear and strong message of welcome to everyone, and that signifies our commitment to moving forward in a positive way.”

Roxanne Tootoosis, the university’s Indigenous knowledge keeper/facilitator, provides smudge to Constable Clayton Bird from the RCMP K Division. Dylan Shawn McCarthy-Daniels, president of the MacEwan University Indigenous Students Club welcomes guests and acknowledges that the land on which the group was gathered is in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people.
Rocky Morin from Enoch Cree Nation sings the Treaty 6 honour song as the flags are raised. James Atkinson, vice-president, Métis Nation of Alberta, joins President Deborah Saucier and Elder Elsie Paul to raise the Métis flag.
Deborah Saucier and Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild.
“Permanently raising the Treaty 6 and Métis flags is a symbolic act, but one that is firmly grounded in this university’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action,” said Deborah Saucier.