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Franco-Ontarian Flag Raised in Sarnia

By City Staff

The green and white Franco-Ontarian flag was raised today in a celebration for Sarnia’s Franco-Ontarian (French-speaking) community. Hundreds of Franco-Ontarian students and residents attended, joining in song and cheering for the waterfront celebration.

For Franco-Ontarians in Sarnia, this flag represents the contributions of previous settlers and the ambitions of future Francophones.

At its September 12 meeting, City Council approved the Franco-Ontarian flag to be hoisted in the City of Sarnia, at the flag court, situated at the base of Lochiel Street. The flag will fly permanently in this location.

City Councillor, Anne Marie Gillis explains, “It’s been a lot of work to make this happen, but with cooperation and help from the City Manager and City Staff, working in conjunction with the French community, we stand tall today as we raise this flag to honour our heritage.”

“We are really lucky to be warmly welcomed by our City Council; it reflects well on Sarnia that Council was so open, understanding and enthusiastic throughout the process,” explains Natalie Normand, Executive Director of Réseau-femmes du Sud-Ouest de l'Ontario.

This article was posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:58 PM

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