The discussion continues about Edmonton’s flag. Should it stay or should it go? Mayor Don Iveson will formally ask the question at the Nov 29 council meeting after giving notice earlier this week. The back and forth has continued with a blog post that captures what’s been said since the idea first started in September when this proposed version of a flag was presented on Treaty 6 Day.
“I wasn’t planning to do anything about this until the chiefs presented this other flag which has an interesting story behind it and I think it starts a good conversation about this one civic symbol and the opportunity to weave reconciliation and our national leadership on this and recognition that we do all share and benefit on these treaty lands here, to weave that into an important civic symbol.”
The story tells what you see in the three features of the flag against the purple backdrop. “The flag symbolism draws from language in the treaty that says we’re all going to benefit from this treaty as long as the sun shines, as long as the grass grows and as long as the river flows. So some of the folks who said I didn’t like it and then read the blog post and now understand it, and understand that it was a gift from the chiefs to the city, I think that may persuade some people.”
The idea is to get from you, your thoughts and compile what’s said in a report in the first quarter of 2017.
“I don’t hear a ton of passion for the flag that we have,” Iveson said. “I’ve heard concern that I want to change the crest, and I don’t want to touch the crest at all. The crest is great. It just doesn’t make a great flag from a flag design point of view.”
We could wind up keeping the blue paneled flag with the city crest in the centre. “I’m open to that. If people say they’re very attached to the old flag. I think there’s a valid design critique of the old flag personally but if we hear from the public that they don’t want to change it, I’m fine with that outcome.”
“Other people I understand have concerns that this is going to cost a lot of money. So far it has cost exactly zero to ask the question, what do people think? I’ve asked city staff in the motion to work with in existing resources, leverage our on-line consultation. This shouldn’t have a significant cost to it at all.”
The proposed flag was designed by Ryan McCourt.