Kingston Students Create Human Flag to Celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day

Published on: 2019/09/27 - in News

The city marked Franco-Ontarian Day on Wednesday with celebrations that included 300 students creating a human Franco-Ontarian flag at Confederation Park.

Organized by the ACFOMI, the event featured a flag raising ceremony with official speeches and singing of the Franco-Ontarian anthem.

This was followed by festive music, featuring Franco-Ontarian signer Justin André, and students of local French-speaking schools creating the human flag. Also in attendance were Kingston Mayor Bryan Patterson and MPP for Kingston and the Islands, Ian Arthur.

The Franco-Ontarian flag was first raised on September 25th, 1976 in Sudbury and became the Franco-Ontarian community’s official emblem on June 21st, 2001. Featuring the colour green to reprsent our summers and white for our winters, the Franco-Ontarians celebrate the anniversary of the flag each September 25th.

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario proclaimed September 25th as the official day of Franco-Ontarians in 2010. Every year, this day recognizes the contribution of the French-speaking community to the province’s cultural, historical, social, economic and political life.

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