Lheidli T’enneh flag raised at CNC

November 24, 2017 4:01 pm
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The flag of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation was raised for the first time at the College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) Prince
George campus during a ceremony on Nov. 24.
The flag raising honours the historic “We Learn Together” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by CNC and
the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation during National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Prince George on June 21, 2017.
The MOU sets a strong foundation for a future working relationship based on principles of respect, communication,
trust and understanding.
The agreement informs continued work on Indigenizing curriculum and student services at CNC and builds a cooperative,
long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship for the advancement of education and research-related
goals.
“CNC is proud to raise the flag of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation at its Prince George campus,” said CNC President
Henry Reiser. “CNC serves 21 First Nations in our region and we value close relationships and collaborations.”
It is important to recognize the significance of the MOU and its formalization of the longstanding relationship between
Lheidli T’enneh and CNC, according to Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dominic Frederick.
“The MOU references the flag protocol – for the Lheidli T’enneh community, raising our flag is an historic event
that announces we are taking our rightful place,” he said. “The signing of the MOU shows that the institution of
CNC is committed to building a relationship with Lheidli T’enneh based on respect and implementing steps towards
reconciliation.”
The Lheidli T’enneh flag represents the strength and resilience of the Nation.
The eagle embodies the safeguarding of Lheidli T’enneh territories. The two salmon at its sides represent the
nourishment the Nation receives from the lands and rivers as well as the safeguarding of the harmonious relationship
of man and woman for future generations.
The alevin salmon represent the Lheidli T’enneh People as the ‘Keepers of Salmon,’ safeguarded in the eagle’s talons
for future generations.
“Students will know the importance of our history and the contributions made by the Lheidli T’enneh People and our
journey moving together as they walk through these doors,” said Lheidli T’enneh Councillor Dolleen Logan.
CNC was one of six parties involved in signing an MOU during National Aboriginal Day celebrations at the Lheidli
T’enneh Memorial Park in Prince George.
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For more information:
Dustin Ruth
Media Relations, Communications
College of New Caledonia
ruthd1@cnc.bc.ca | 778-349-0597
Chief Dominic Frederick
Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
250-963-8451