In honour of today being National Indigenous Peoples Day, the City of Swift Current observed a pair of flag raisings.

The first was that of the Métis flag at Market Square, followed by the Treaty Four flag at City Hall. 

Raising the Métis flag was Lii Bufloo Métis Local #35 Elder, Barb Parchman. She was proud to see her people represented in the heart of her community and to be joined by officials from the City of Swift Current. 

Rebecca Anderson, Barb Parchman, and Al Bridal prepare for the flag raising. Rebecca Anderson, Barb Parchman, and Al Bridal prepare for the flag raising. 

"For so many years we couldn't celebrate our culture," said Parchman. "So it's nice that it's become a regular thing every year. It seems like there's more support every year from schools and from the general public to honour and recognize this date for all Indigenous peoples."

The white infinity band on the blue backdrop waved proudly over Market Square, hoisted by none other than Swift Current Mayor, Al Bridal. 

"It's an honour for me to be able to raise the Métis flag to fly over Swift Current for this National Indigenous Peoples Day," said Bridal. 

at lunch, members of the Lii Bufloo Métis Local #35 were joined by others for a lunch event at the Living Sky Casino. Other events today included teepee raisings at both All Saints and O.M. Irwin schools. 

Rebecca Anderson, president of Lii Bufloo Métis Local #35, encouraged people to come out on June 27th to the Frontier Days Grandstand show for Canadian Multiculturism Day.