Flag of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation Flies at City Hall
Prince George, B.C. – The flag of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation now has a permanent place in front of Prince George City Hall.
During the June 15th City Council meeting council voted in favour of the Lheidli T’enneh flag joining those of the City of Prince George and governments of B.C. and Canada and changing the name of Fort George Park to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. And on Sunday both of those measures were acted upon.
Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick called the day an historic one. “It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been talking with the City about this for a number of years and that’s all we’ve been doing, we’ve been talking about it. The day has come today that we’re going to acknowledge our people and the land and who we are and why we’re here and everything else that goes with it in regards to Lheidli T’enneh.”
Chief Frederick then related a brief, humorous story on the pronounciation of the name, saying “you have to roll your tongue on the “L”. Mayor Lyn Hall said “I think Chief Domo, over the years as we’ve talked about the Lheidli T’enneh it’s pronounced many different ways but I think we’ll all get our tongue wrapped around it as we are on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh today.”
Councilor Murry Krause, who brought the flag and renaming issues to council for its consideration, noted the day was meant to acknowledge the territory and its people, “the people who have been on this territory for a very long time, a people who had learned to live in harmony with nature and sometimes a harsh but beautiful land. A people who only helped European settlers who might have very well perished without the knowledge, shared generously by the Lheidli people and First Nations people across Canada.”
Krause noted a partnership that exists between the two cultures and says “we have an exciting future together in that partnership, one in which everybody can prosper and thrive.”
Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad says “it’s a very, very important day in terms of the step that the City is taking, and I really want to commend, Lyn (Mayor Hall) your leadership and to all of Council. It’s an important conversation that we need to have across the province and the country, which is about reconciliation and recognition, the recognition of our joint past, the full history of Canada and the things that have happened.”
“And I think the steps that the City’s taking and embracing and reaching out in partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh is an important part of how we build our future and how we can envision a world that could reach long term reconciliation and could treat people different and be able to respect one another’s cultures.”
“As we walk forward on this path, this is a big step, it creates a conversation which I think is important to understanding our history, and I look forward to seeing how that relationship will continue to build and the things that we will be able to do together.”