Treaty Four and Métis flag raising event today
Representatives of the owners and tenants of mâmawêyatitân centre participated in a Treaty Four and Métis flag raising event today to celebrate and officially launch a relationship between mâmawêyatitân centre and the Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL).
The flag raising responds to a need identified by mâmawêyatitân centre partners, staff and students at Scott Collegiate to have both the Treaty Four and Métis flag at mâmawêyatitân centre. The owners came together with REAL to contribute to raising the two flags at mâmawêyatitân centre. This initiative promotes diversity and inclusion in our community and provides an opportunity for the community to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.
“As the first Canadian municipality to permanently fly a Treaty flag, the City of Regina knows how meaningful this recognition can be for residents,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It is extremely encouraging to have our next generation of leaders, the students of Scott Collegiate, lead this effort. I also appreciate REAL’s support for these kinds of initiatives, as it shows REAL is not just a major employer in North Central, but also an active member of the community that is dedicated to the current and future prosperity of its residents.”
The cost of a new flag pole will be shared 50/50 between REAL and the owners of mâmawêyatitân centre (Regina Public Schools, City of Regina, Regina Public Library). REAL and mâmawêyatitân centre look forward to working together and supporting each other as neighbouring businesses and service providers in the community.
“Our relationship with mâmawêyatitân centre began last fall when we engaged with the partners, community members and Scott Collegiate students to help define a future plan for Evraz Place,” said Tim Reid, REAL President and CEO. “As a neighbour and employer to many Indigenous community members, our contribution to the mâmawêyatitân centre flags is a way to demonstrate our commitment to build a long-term partnership that will, among other things, support our community in their career endeavours and remove employment barriers.”
Opened in September, 2017, mâmawêyatitân centre brings together many public and community services aimed at building, strengthening and celebrating the North Central community and all Regina citizens who may live, work or play in the neighbourhood.
“The Board of Education and Regina Public Schools are pleased to see the continued evolution and development of mâmawêyatitân centre. It has become a veritable hub, not only for Scott Collegiate students, but for the community and visitors to the neighbourhood,” says Katherine Gagne, Chairperson, Regina Board of Education. “The raising of the Treaty Four and Métis flags further establishes the strong ties mâmawêyatitân centre has with North Central and its residents. We are grateful to Regina Exhibition Association Limited for its support of this event and continued work towards Scott Collegiate student and community success; their work really brings to life the ‘let’s be all together’ meaning of mâmawêyatitân.”
A Cree word meaning “let’s be all together,” mâmawêyatitân (pronounced ma-ma-waya-ta-tan) speaks to the shared use of the building and the cooperation of the partners; it brings people together to connect, to learn, to play and to develop skills and celebrate culture