North Battleford is permanently raising the Treaty 6 flag on Indigenous Peoples Day outside of City Hall.
Community Safety Coordinator for North Battleford Herb Sutton says the Treaty 6 flag signifies the improved relationships with indigenous people and acceptance of North Battleford being on Treaty 6 territory.
“An acknowledgement as well that without the indigenous peoples sharing their land we wouldn’t even have the opportunity to even have a city here.”
The City of North Battleford has been working with a group of elders from Battle River Treaty Six Health Centre to help guide the raising of the Treaty 6 Flag. Sutton said elders wanted the flag raising to coincide with Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st.
“It’s going to be a permanent sign of the need for good relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous and a commitment that everyone is going to work for that.”
Sutton says three new neighbourhoods in the city will have indigenous names that have been recommended by the elders.
“The City has also been working with that same group of elders, we’re redoing neighbourhoods in the city, redrawing the map and identifying neighbourhoods as part of our community safety plan.”
The permanent Flag raising will be on June 21st at City Hall in North Battleford between 9:45 am-10: 45 am.
Written by Tre Lopushinsky, 106.1 The Goat