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The flag

The Flag

The Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) flag builds upon the foundation of the Métis Nation flag, incorporating only two new symbols: a white buffalo and a tiger lily. The Métis Nation flag symbolizing the emergence of a new nation of distinct Aboriginal people was first flown in 1816. This new nation, the result of two peoples coming together, was destined to last forever, for eternity, hence the infinity symbol.

The Historic Métis Nation Homeland today is dissected by other borders, in our case the province of Saskatchewan. The Métis within this provincial boundary while recognizing the Nation as a whole, also has a regional/provincial reality. The MNS flag, by building on the national flag, portrays we are part of the Métis Nation while identifying our regional existence.

The buffalo was of central significance to the existence of the Métis who made their living from the land and its resources. The white buffalo, which were rare, held spiritual value and reflects the connection between the Métis and the natural resources of the land. This close connection to the land exists to this day.

The tiger lily abounds in great numbers throughout Saskatchewan. It is a breathtakingly beautiful flower which has for generations adorned the Métis homeland. The tiger lily is also the adopted flower of the province of Saskatchewan.

Métis flag

Métis Flag

The Flag: Métis Nation Flag History

The Métis flag or the flag of the Métis Nation includes a white interminability sign on a blue foundation. The boundlessness image speaks to the blending of two distinct cultures, European and First Nations, to create a unique and distinct culture, that of the Métis (which means “to mix” in Latin). The infinity symbol, which refers to a quantity without end, in this situation symbolizes the faith that the Métis culture will exist forever.

Records show that the Métis Flag was first utilized by Métis obstruction warriors ahead of the pack up to the Battle of Seven Oaks, a vicious, one-day showdown in 1816, which saw the opponent hide brokers the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company set in opposition to one another.

There are two renditions of the Metis banner – the blue one which is the official banner of the Métis Nation of Canada, and a red one which is the commonplace ensign for the Métis Nation of Alberta. The Métis banner is the most seasoned Canadian devoted banner indigenous to Canada – the Union Jack and the Royal Standard of New France were flown in Europe preceding being flown in Canada.

The hues and effortlessness of plan of the blue and white banner are like that of the national banner of Scotland which includes a white x on a blue foundation, and that of French Canada, which includes the white fleur on a fundamentally the same as blue foundation. The likenesses are to be expected as the Scottish and French Canadian were prevailing in the North West Company and many wedded First Nations women.

During the two extraordinary obstruction developments in the Métis history, the Red River Rebellion in 1869-1870, and the North-West Rebellion 1885, the interminability banner was absent on the front lines. The banners flown during these two developmental developments showed French Canadian and Catholic strict images; the blue and white limitlessness banner vanished however was kept alive in oral conventions. Luckily, the twentieth century saw a resurrection of Métis patriotism and the blue and white unendingness banner flew gladly by and by.

The Métis Flag appears in our image above is flying alongside the banner of Canada in an image we took at the Botoche National Historic Site of Canada. I likewise snapped a photo of this form of the banner at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau Quebec as of late.

Related References

The Métis flag first came into existence in 1816. The flag first appeared at the beginning of the Battle of Seven Oaks. Throughout history in present-day Manitoba, there were several flags that have existed. The two red flags represent the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company. There was a great amount of competition between the two companies. The competition between the two companies allowed Métis hunters to negotiate.

(ref. source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9tis_flag)

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