British Columbia

Flags of 3 First Nations permanently installed at Vancouver City Hall

Council raised the flags in recognition of Vancouver's location on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.

The flags represent the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations

From left to right: Gordon Grant from the Musqueam Nation, Richard Baker from the Squamish Nation, Morgan Guerin, also from Musqueam, Charlene Aleck from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Mayor Gregor Robertson, Deborah Baker from the Squamish Nation, and Michelle George from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. (City of Vancouver)

Vancouver City Council has installed the flags of three First Nations in recognition of Vancouver's traditional Indigenous territories.

The flags will be permanent fixtures at City Hall's council chambers.

On Wednesday, the city raised the flags of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Representatives from each nation were present along with Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Robertson said the gesture was meant to "to permanently acknowledge Vancouver's location on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh unceded homelands."

The city also approved $350,000 funding for Indigenous-specific arts and cultural programming meant to further the legacy of its Canada 150 programming, which focused on the theme of reconciliation.

The city says the money will go to hiring an Indigenous cultural planner and fund Indigenous-led events.