Treaty #3 flag to fly outside Kenora, Ontario city hall, permanently
Flag represents both the historic treaty, and hope for a brighter future, say mayor and chief
National Aboriginal Day took on special significance in Kenora, Ont., when the Treaty #3 flag was raised outside city hall.
It will now fly permanently alongside the city and Canadian flags.
"For me, it symbolizes the signing of the treaty, and reaffirms that process done in 1873," says Francis Kavanaugh, the Ogichidaa of Grand Council Treaty 3.
The historic moment had similar significance for Kenora mayor Dave Canfield.
"We're all treaty people, we're all part of the treaty and we need to recognize that," he said, adding that he hoped Wednesday's ceremony would signal a new type relationship with Indigenous people in the region.
It's something Kavanaugh is wishing for as well.
"For so long, we've been on the short end of the stick when it came to benefitting from the richness of our territory, in terms of our resources and resource extraction," said Kavanaugh, adding, "I want this process to be one of true partnership."
The flag should also serve as a reminder of the role Treaty #3 First Nations play in the northwestern Ontario economy.
Canfield said its important the people see the Treaty #3 flag everyday.
"It's the beginning of the rest of our lives and a time of healing," he said.
"We're going to continue to walk together on a daily basis, not on a casual basis, but as true partners and work together to make our communities and our people live better in harmony and create more opportunities for all of us." .