Statement from AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald on raising the Canadian Flag

“The Assembly of First Nations Executive Committee with input from the AFN Knowledge Keepers, today passed a motion that provides our solution towards raising the half-mast flag while continuing to grieve the genocide of Indigenous children and honour all Veterans.

We call for the federal government to raise the Canadian flag and to attach the ‘Every Child Matters’ orange flag to the Peace Tower and on all federal buildings starting November 7, 2021. Secondly, we call for the lowering of the flags to half-mast on November 8, 2021, in honour of Indigenous Veterans Day.

We are in agreement that the flag must be raised before Remembrance Day so that all Veterans will be honoured when lowered to half-mast on November 11, 2021.

Furthermore, the ‘Every Child Matters’ orange flag will continue to fly until all of our children are recovered, named, and symbolically or physically returned to their homelands with proper ceremony.

The federal government can take concrete action on Truth and Reconciliation by entering into a TRC Calls: Joint Action Plan with the AFN to ensure that we accelerate the implementation of all 94 TRC Calls to Action with an immediate focus on calls #53, #54, #55, and #56.

We wish to thank our many allies across Turtle Island for their patience and support as we discuss the ‘Healing Path Forward’ for our little ones and respected Veterans.”