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Brock Township to install flagpole to honour Indigenous Peoples

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

BROCK: The Township of Brock is looking to honour the Indigenous Peoples’ lives which were lost in residential schools in Canada. At a meeting on Monday, June 28th, Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer made a motion to direct township staff to, “install a second flag pole at the Municipal Administration Building so that an Indigenous flag may be flown at half-mast in recognition of the lives lost at residential schools across Canada.”

Councillor Schummer explained why he decided to move this motion.

“I think this might solve a lot of our issues. We’ve had requests to have the Indigenous flag flown and recognized. I think [the motion] speaks for itself,” he said.

Councillor Schummer also suggested staff look into whether the township could fly two flags on their current flagpole. Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble seconded the Ward 3 councillor’s motion.

“I think it’s a really good opportunity to honour the Indigenous lands which we sit on today,” she explained.

CAO Ingrid Svelnis stated the township still needs to get direction on what specific flag should be flown on the flagpole. Councillor Schummer’s motion was later approved unanimously.

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