Introducing the Canadian Native Flag

The Canadian Native Flag

June 21st is Aboriginal Day in Canada. This Aboriginal Day is the debut of Curtis Wilson’s Canadian Native Flag.

Susan Braverman, President of The Flag Shop, has worked with Curtis to bring his design for a flag to represent First Nations in Canada to the public. We hope this flag brings a better understanding of the First Nations of our country and a vision for a unified Canada that still revels in its diversity.

Read Curtis’s account of how he created the flag including his family’s rich history in Canada and the flag’s symbolism.

The current product availability includes:

18″x20″ and 27″x54″ flags 3″x6″ recycled paper flags
Lapel pins Temporary tattoos

The Flag Shop is the manufacturer and exclusive supplier of the flag. It is available online as well as in our thirteen stores across Canada.

Sign up for the Canadian Native Flag mailing list to find out about other products as they come available.

Cambie Secondary contacts the International Space Station

Flag RentalsMarch 13, 2014 was the anniversary of Chris Hadfield becoming the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, and the day Cambie Secondary School in Richmond became the first school in Metro Vancouver to make contact with the International Space Station via amateur radio.

The Flag Shop is proud to have provided free flag rentals for the Canada, USA, Russia, and Japan flags displayed on the stage backdrop for this momentous event.

Banners for No More Cruelty

Canadian Fallen Firefighters

No More Cruelty was founded by Crystal (top left), our marketing manager at The Flag Shop head office. Together with her sister Rosemary (top right), they advocate and assist with various animal rescue efforts by coordinating with various volunteers and rescue groups in Taiwan.

When Crystal mentioned to Susan, our President, that she had to borrow a flag from the pet store to promote “Don’t buy! Adopt a pet” concept while she was on holiday in Taiwan this past January, Susan offered to support her efforts in animal rescue. Two 24″ x 33.5″ custom banners made with Coast Display were donated by The Flag Shop, one will be used in Taiwan and one in Canada.

The above picture was taken at the Taipei International Airport in March 2014. Crystal was the volunteer escort to accompany these seven rescued dogs to Canada where they had new homes waiting for them.

See other causes The Flag Shop Vancouver supports.

Street banners for TED’s 30th Anniversary conference in Vancouver

If you’ve driven over the Granville Bridge lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the dramatic black banners announcing the arrival of the 30th TED Conference to its new home at the Vancouver Convention Centre which has its own set of matching banners.

The street banners were printed right here in Vancouver and are made of Echotex, a 100% recycled banner fabric. Echotex street banners are just a small part of helping Vancouver become the Greenest City by 2020.

25 years of Science World

A fixture of Vancouver’s False Creek landscape, Science World at Telus World of Science is celebrating 25 years of fostering curiosity and education in science through its hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. We have made their street banners as well as other products for them for a number of years. Here are their current 25th Anniversary banners up now plus a look back at some of their other recent designs.

The winners of Calgary and Edmonton’s Olympics contest

Our Calgary and Edmonton shops are excited to announce the winners of their $100 Canada Prize Pack contests which ran during the Winter Olympics.

Several people correctly guessed that Canada would bring home 25 Olympic medals. We held a random draw among the correct entries, and Carol-Anne T. of Calgary and Veronica C. of Edmonton won. Veronica told The Flag Shop Edmonton that she is planning to fly the windsock & flag at her lake this summer. We love to hear that! We hope you both enjoy your prizes!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our contest! Stay tuned for more fun Facebook contests in the future.

Pictured below is The Flag Shop owner, Phyllis Bright, personally delivering Veronica’s prize.

An anti-bullying flag from New Brunswick

Anti-bullying flag

Just in time for Pink Shirt Day on February 26th, Caledonia Regional student Grace Fenton designed the world’s first Pink Flag for Community Anti-bullying Awareness and Support. It was raised in both Hillsborough and Riverview, New Brunswick by the respective mayors.

The Flag Shop New Brunswick printed the 33″x72″ flag on 200d nylon and finished with grommets. Twelve flags were printed and are being handed to key people for photo ops with the hopes that the anti-bullying message will gain more traction across the country.

Go Canada Go!

Both the women’s curling team and the women’s hockey team won gold medals today! Congratulations!

In that spirit, we punched up Tom Anderson’s Boxing Beaver flag design.

(Please note: the actual flag is not animated.)

Victoria’s last minute Pride Flag for the legislature

All across Canada, pride flags have been flying in support of LGBT rights as Canada participates in the Sochi Winter Olympics. The cities of Vancouver and Victoria raised their flags on the opening day of the Olympics. The BC Legislature took a little extra time to get theirs up, and The Flag Shop Victoria was integral to that process.

NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert wrote to Speaker Linda Reid requesting that the flag be flown at the legislature, and the approval came through on Wednesday. Paul Servos, the owner of The Flag Shop Victoria, got a rush order for a 45″ x 90″ pride flag at 9 a.m. on Thursday. He managed to sew it all together from 200D nylon in the shop in time to deliver it by noon to the Office of Protocol, and the flag was raised around 1 pm. That’s quick service!

“In Victoria we enjoy these challenging projects as our smaller sewing room allows us to do customization creatively with excellent value for the customer” – Paul.

Here’s a video of the flag raising (bonus: you can also see how to rig a halyard with a flag that has a rope and toggle):

In addition, tomorrow is The Flag Shop Victoria’s 1 year anniversary of rejoining us! They have done some great projects over the past year.

Redecorating our showroom

We keep a mix of different examples of our products on hand in our upstairs corporate area to best show what our printers are capable of producing. Some of them are our own designs, some of them are second runs from previous jobs, and sometimes we see art come through that we like so much that we get permission to re-use it.

The Vancouver Aquarium has its Up Close exhibit coming up. As part of promoting it, they had blockout mesh banners made for the walkway next to the aquarium. We took that design and printed it on our Coast Display fabric and then attached that to an X Banner stand. Now it’s the first thing you see when you come upstairs!

The banners themselves went over well also:

“I did my walk through today and want to extend an extra huge thanks for once again making us look so amazingly good here at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Our banners are a big component of drawing in walking visitors from the park, the red is so vibrant, the animals tones are perfect, your team nailed it. Thank you so much.”