Treaty Four Flag Flies At School Division Office

Treaty Four Flag Flies At School Division Office

Last year, Kim Sadowsky’s Thom Collegiate Native Studies 10 Class proposed to the Board of Education that the Treaty Four flag fly at the Regina Public School Division Office.  In June of 2013, Trustee Aleana Young presented the following motion: That, in accordance with the request of the Native Studies 10 Class at Thom Collegiate, the Board of Education fly the Treaty Four flag outside of Division Office.   This motion was unanimous carried.

This set into action a plan to have a ceremony at the Division Office. On October, 15, 2013, that ceremony took place, beginning with a pipe ceremony at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., guests including trustees, elders, administration, students and parents gathered around a flag pole on the front lawn of the J.A. Burnett Centre. Chairperson Katherine Gagne emceed the event. Elder Noel Starblanket spoke about the importance of understanding treaties and how we are all Treaty People. Treaty education is part of the curriculum at Regina Public Schools.

Also speaking at the event was Larry Oakes, son of the late Gordon Oakes who designed the Treaty Four flag. 

This whole event was set into motion by Thom Collegiate students. Fittingly, a number of Thom students also spoke about how and why the proposed the motion to fly the flag. Another set of Thom students then presented the flag to Korean War veteran, Tony Cote, who was on hand and saluted the flag as it was hoisted for the first time at the Division Office.

Adding further ceremony to this momentous occasion, Balfour Collegiate’s Dancing Young Buffalo drummers played the Honour Song, Flag Song and Victory Song.

The Treaty Four flag now flies beside the Canadian flag at the School Division office.

This ceremony demonstrates Regina Public Schools commitment to treaty education. For more information about Treaty Four and treaty education, please visit the Office of the Treaty Commissioner: http://www.otc.ca/.