Nanaimo’s mayor and council raises permanent Snuneymuxw flag at City Hall
Snuneymuxw Flag will continue to fly beside the City of Nanaimo’s and BC Government’s flags
It was an significant day for the relationship between the City of Nanaimo and the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
Several dozen people, including many current and former provincial and municipal politicians, were on hand for the raising of the Snuneymuxw First Nation’s flag.
The flag will remain on permanent display beside the Province of BC and City of Nananaimo flags.
Nanaimo’s mayor Bill McKay says the raising of the flag is proof “the Snuneymuxw band council and the council of the City of Nanaimo govern the city together.”
Snuneymuxw First Nation chief John Wesley says, “This mayor has shown he wants to work in partnership and to build Nanaimo together and that’s the only way we’re going to succeed, to be there backing each other up.”
NDP Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean Crowder says, in light of the Truth and Reconciliation report released two weeks ago, “This really important event is a step towards reconciliation, recognizing the first people’s rightful place on the land.”