Here's why people want to replace the Canadian flag with this one
Lots of things could be improved about Canada, and maybe our flag would be a good place to start.
Many people are pointing this out on social media following Canada Day, and although the replacement by Mulidzas–Curtis Wilson is far from new, it's being brought out with extra force this year in light of a recent groundswell of criticism of systemic racism against Indigenous and Black people.
Happy Canada Day!! We still need to improve on Indigenous issues, environmental issues, & must somehow get the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes. But adopting this version of our flag would be cool!— Paul Orlowski (@npdrifter) July 1, 2020
(Artist: Mulidzas – J. Curtis Wilson, Kwakwaka’wakw territory) #Cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rZQYN9qRMt
The flag doesn't necessarily replace the symbology of the one we're used to, but rather blends it with Indigenous symbols.
Reposted from @DoodleEtobicoke Happy Canada Day! We love this flag design by Curtis Wilson. Salmon for family, strength in numbers, and an orca for protection. 🇨🇦#crockadoodleinetobicoke #canada🇨🇦 #canada #ocanada… https://t.co/3hqsAk7GEW— Valerie (@valeriewarming1) July 1, 2020
Salmon designs with red bands on either side of the flag represent community, strength in numbers and family, and the maple leaf in the middle is filled in with an orca and traditional split "U" shape designs.
While it's often called the Canadian Native Flag, the art piece actually has an Indigenous name which translates to "Standing together in support of each other."
So proud (and a little sad) to see my nephew’s @jcurtiswilson07 “Canada Flag” making its way around the country. We lost him to soon, he truly believed in an inclusive Canada and thought that we all had to power to make this country better and stronger. #CanadaDay https://t.co/tnNxQ8TJaG— Dallas Smith (@Dallas4BC) July 2, 2020
Wilson, who sadly passed away last year, described himself "as coming from the four corners of the Kwakwaka'wakw territory," with ancestors hailing from Axwamees (Wakeman Sound), We Wai Kai (Cape Mudge), Ba'as (Blunden Harbour), and Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River).
Traditional Indigenous carving techniques were passed down to him by grandfathers, uncles and cousins, which he developed into his own personal artistic style. He was given the name Mulidzas at a Potlatch in 2001.
I am very grateful that I was born in Canada & I love many things about this country. But it’s hard to celebrate #CanadaDay when there are people living here without access to clean water. It’s a fundamental human right and we need to do better.— Jenny Lee Shee (@jennyleeshee) July 1, 2020
Flag by Mulidzas - Curtis Wilson pic.twitter.com/NRRuyLaYNS
"My Grandfather James Wilson received medals for his volunteer military service in the European Theater during the Second World War, where many of the non-native soldiers fighting beside him questioned how he could fight for a country that didn't even recognize him as a person. He replied that he was fighting for his Country," reads Wilson's explanation of the work.
This is now my favourite flag for my country check out the website#HappyCanadaDay #CanadaForever#IndigenousLivesMatter— 🇨🇦 Angry Canuck🇨🇦 (@mrwaylander) July 1, 2020
Flag for Canada Day
Indigenous flag designed by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Curtis Wilsonhttps://t.co/aVXSNRxDUQ pic.twitter.com/slmOQH1tNu
"I am a person that always tries to see the glass half full and even with all of the difficult situations we have faced, I still love the country I live in and am proud to call myself a Canadian…and First Nations Canadian. I wanted to create a design that represents both my cultural heritage and the country I live in."
Wilson died of a heart attack in October 2019. He was a well-known artist who applied his skills to everything from this flag to skateboard decks, drums, canes, logos, masks, gates and jewellery.
It is Canada Day. Remember that we live on stolen land and there is nothing to celebrate.— Is it 2021 yet (@emyreadsbooks) July 1, 2020
This is the Canadian Native Flag created in 2001 by Curtis Wilson. https://t.co/8bJUKVygD5 pic.twitter.com/SqERPNi9DE
His legacy resounds on Canada Day in 2020 less than a year after his death, with people acknowledging they live on stolen, unceded land.
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