Pacific National Exhibition – A Vancouver Mainstay Since 1910

The Fair at the PNE Opening Day: Saturday, August 19, 2017

The PNE has been a Vancouver institution since it first began way back in 1910. Kids of all ages still get excited over the Fair at the PNE opening day, which is coming up quicker than you can say, “Roasted BBQ Cricket Burger!”

The Fair at the PNE is a long-awaited highlight of summer in Vancouver, offering activities and fun for everyone: Midway rides for adrenaline junkies, fair foods for the foodies, and a mind-boggling line-up of live musical performances, to name just a few. This year the fair runs from August 19 – September 4, with planned closures on August 21 and 28.

Image Source: Jenn Chan Photography / Flickr

We have been supplying the PNE with street banners for many years, to engage and inform the public while creating anticipation about the fair. We love being a part of making our city streets, bridges and skyline even more beautiful. If you’re in the Vancouver area, you can see the banners for yourself on East Hastings and on the Granville Street Bridge.

Our President, Susan Braverman said, “Believe it or not, I was still in high school when The Flag Shop first began making street banners for the PNE. That alone paints quite a picture!” She added, “The Fair at the PNE is such an important event in our community, it’s not easy to put into words what it means to be working with the PNE for all these years. To say it’s an honour and a privilege would be an understatement!”

PNE Street Banners

What’s New This Year at the PNE
In recognition of Canada 150, the RCMP Musical Ride will perform at the fair as part of its Canada-wide tour. The musical ride has been a Canadian tradition since 1876. Mounties wearing the Red Serge ride a full troop of 32 black Hanoverian horses and perform precision drills reflecting the historic cavalry techniques that were once a part of RCMP training.

Image Source: John McQuarrie

The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Legends of Hockey Exhibit is a must-see for all hockey lovers. This massive exhibit will feature many of the game’s greatest players and hockey memorabilia including photography, video and artifacts. If you love the national winter sport of Canada, this one’s for you.

Image Source: PNE – Legends of Hockey Exhibit

If kettle corn, funnel cakes and beaver tails are more your thing, you won’t be disappointed. For those looking for something new and adventurous, how about cricket fries or deep fried Jello? Yum!

Image Source: PNE

Don’t miss the incredible line-up of live performances at the PNE Amphitheatre:

  • Saturday, August 19: Mother Mother
  • Sunday, August 20: Billy Currington
  • Tuesday, August 22: The Pointer Sisters
  • Wednesday, August 23: High Valley
  • Thursday, August 24: ZZ Top
  • Friday, August 25: Chicago
  • Saturday, August 26: Colin James
  • Sunday, August 27: Huey Lewis and The News
  • Tuesday, August 29: Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
  • Wednesday, August 30: The B-52s
  • Thursday, August 31: The Doobie Brothers
  • Friday, September 1: Rick Springfield
  • Saturday, September 2: The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo

For more information about the Fair at the PNE, please visit their official website.

Celebration of Canada 150, the Canoe, and Indigenous Culture

The Gibsons Paddle Club Sunshine Coast Journey

We’re still hearing inspiring stories of Canada’s 150th birthday. This week, we highlight the Sunshine Coast Canoe Journey, an epic trip planned by the Gibsons Paddle Club. The journey, which took place in June, honoured Canada’s 150th birthday, the canoe, and the First Nation culture of cooperation. And what a sight it was to see every canoe adorned with the Canadian Native Flag!

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Curtis Wilson is the designer of the Canadian Native Flag, and his inspiration was to create a design that represents both his aboriginal heritage and at the same time, his Canadian heritage. The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman said, “Curtis and I just spoke last week and I learned that people across Canada love this flag as much as I do!” She adds, “This beautiful design promotes unity among all Canadians and I was so excited to hear steps are now in motion to rename the flag as the Canadian Aboriginal Flag.”

On June 13, nine canoes from across BC and Alberta met at the Backeddy Marina in Edgemont. Placing the canoes in the water, the group held their first of many circles. This is a tradition which has been passed down by generations of first nation paddlers. They told stories and heard drumming by Andy Johnson and Terry Aleck.

On day two they paddled in the early morning drizzle through the calm waters of the Skookumchuck, as eagles flew overhead. The tide was with the team, who stopped for lunch on the Inlet. After a very windy afternoon, the team struggled to pull over to their campsite for the night. Sechelt elder Barb Higgins told stories, captivating the paddlers after a long day of paddling.

Still rainy and windy on the third day, plans changed and the team paddled to Poise Island – sacred to the Sechelt Nation – and while there, they heard moving stories of illness and death at the time when they first encountered settlers. Hauling the canoes out of the water, they were welcomed by school children and teachers, who braved the rain to greet them. The team portaged their canoes across town, escorted by an RCMP patrol car. With the heavy downpour, the Sechelt band opened the daycare centre where they were able to take shelter. They spent the evening at the Sechelt Longhouse and were treated to a cultural celebration and feast.

On day four, the weather improved and the paddling crews prepared for a long paddle to Gibsons. Stopping for lunch at Roberts Creek, the grandmothers prepared a lunch and a local ukulele band sang and played while the paddlers rested.

After the long paddle the day before, the fifth day was a day of rest. Out of town visitors experienced the beautiful ocean playground, paddling around Keats Island and the Paisleys. Then they were off to the Jazz Festival and supper at Gibsons Public Market., It was a festive evening of good speeches, great food, and dancing!

On the final day, crews paddled a long 38 km back to Vancouver. The weather was misty and cool and the tides and currents were with them. Finally, through the mist they saw the first buildings of West Vancouver. Wes Nahanee of the Squamish First Nation and the West Vancouver Police greeted the paddlers as the epic journey came to an end.

Congratulations to the organizers and paddling crew on this important journey, paying homage to the people of our great nation, the canoe, and the first nation culture of cooperation.

For more information, please visit Gibsons Paddle Club’s web site.

West End BIA Supports Vancouver Pride

Denman. Davie. Robson. Three Great Streets. One Amazing Neighbourhood.

That’s right – One Amazing Neighbourhood! That’s thanks to the West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA), an amazing non-profit organization supporting businesses along the West End’s three main commercial streets.

Covering Davie, Denman and Robson, each street has its own designated colour highlighting its uniqueness. Denman is blue, reflecting the ocean and blue summer skies. Robson is green, symbolizing the greenery of Stanley Park. And Davie is purple, in recognition of Davie Village’s role in supporting the Gay Pride Movement.

Speaking of Pride, it’s time to celebrate in Vancouver and we’re thrilled to be part of it all! The Flag Shop has been a supporter of the Gay Pride Movement dating back 40 years, when we first produced rainbow flags and decals for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. We’re getting so excited about Pride Fest coming up this Sunday we’re even testing out our Pride booth in The Flag Shop parking lot!

Join us on Sunday, August 6 at Sunset Beach from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. We love this festival because it’s a safe place to celebrate individual uniqueness and self-expression, while at the same time it’s a collective expression against bullying, oppression and violence. We hope to see you at our booth where we’ll have everything you need to express your pride! The 39th Annual Pride Parade is a huge part of Pride Fest and will run that day from noon – 3 p.m., starting on Robson, turning down Denman, and then onto Beach Ave. On Friday, August 4th, Davie Village will be the place to be for one of Vancouver’s best outdoor parties, the Davie Street Block Party.

Vancouver Pride Festival 2016. Image Source: Vancouver Pride Society

The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman said, “It’s a very important weekend for the West End BIA, with the block party on Friday, the Celebration of Light on Saturday and the Pride Parade on Sunday!” She adds, “We’ve been working with the West End BIA for years now and I have to say it warms my heart to see the strong sense of community and public engagement, right in the neighbourhood where I grew up – and it’s all because of the dedicated work of the BIA.”

This week’s blog is a big shout out to the WEBIA, home to the best restaurants, stunning beaches, and of course, Pride! The West End attracts thousands of visitors to the area every year for the Pride Parade, so if you ask us, it’s pretty clear the WEBIA is doing a bang up job fulfilling its mission to promote and revitalize the West End.

Image Source: West End BIA

For more information about the West End BIA, and its Pride activations in the West End, please visit the WEBIA website.

For information about Pride in Vancouver, visit the Vancouver Pride Society website.

See you at Pride Fest!

It’s Pride Fest in Vancouver | Sunday, August 6, 2017

Vancouver Pride Festival 2016. Image Source: Vancouver Pride Society /

Upcoming Events Celebrating Individual Uniqueness

It’s going to be a HUGE celebration for the LGBTQ2+ community in Vancouver and we’re thrilled to be part of the festivities. Who needs a social planner when you’ve got The Flag Shop weekly blog? There are so many events happening in Vancouver, we couldn’t possibly name them all!

Here are just a few highlights, leading up to Pride Fest:

Downtown Pride Premiere
Wednesday, July 26, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
On both levels of Robson Square
Take in the live music, roving performers and interactive art. While you’re there, visit the community village for games and resources.

Prance on the Pier
Wednesday, August 2, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Shipyards, 25 Wallace Mews
Check out the 1st Prance on the Pier, a free, all-ages dance with music, food, drag performances and games.

Davie Street Party
Friday, August 4, 6 p.m. – midnight
In Davie Village, between Burrard and Jervis
Enjoy the beer garden with the party spilling out from the Community Stage at Davie Street’s historic Rainbow Crosswalk on Bute Street.

Man Up Pride: The Gender Adventure
Friday, August 4, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
917 Main Street
If you’ve never experienced a Pride Man Up – Get! In! To! The! Groove! Don’t miss performances by Vixen Von Flex, Owen + Papi J, Jem + Ponyboy and more.

Vancouver Trans March 2017
Friday, August 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1500 E 14th Avenue
Meet up at Clark Park at 5:30. Remember your signs or make them with supplies we provide! Be free and fab and wear what you like!

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
Saturday August 5, 8:30 a.m.
Jim Deva Plaza in the Davie Village
The Vancouver Pride Society is hosting a by-donation community breakfast honouring the memory of Terry Wallace, one of the founders of Pride in Vancouver.

14th Annual Dyke March & Festival
Saturday August 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The march will leave McSpadden Park at noon, moving down Commercial Drive and ending at Grandview Park for the festival. Featuring queer-friendly displays and performing artists, come out and join the fun with the community, friends and family.

Sunday, August 6 is the BIG Day!
Pride Fest is happening at Sunset Beach from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and YES – we will be there! We love this festival because it is a safe and super fun environment for self-expression and a collective, public declaration of anti-bullying. Stop by our booth and we’ll set you up to express your pride!

The Parade
The 39th Annual Pride Parade, a major highlight, runs from noon – 3 p.m., starting on Robson, turning down Denman, and then onto Beach Ave. It ends at Beach Ave and Pacific.

Our Pride and Anti-Bullying websites honour the truth that we are all equally deserving of the basic rights of freedom of expression and freedom from oppression. We are thrilled to work with Canada’s LGBTQ2+ communities in support of efforts to end discrimination and violence, while promoting self-affirmation, dignity and equality rights.

The Flag Shop booth at the Vancouver Pride Festival in 2016.

For more information about Pride Fest, please visit the Vancouver Pride Society’s official website.

See you at Pride Fest!

2017 Powell Street Festival | August 5 & 6 | 11:30 – 7:00

Japanese Canadian Arts and Culture Connecting Communities

It’s time to get ready for the Powell Street Festival, whether you’re interested in film, martial arts, live music, Ikebana demos (flower arranging), sumo wrestling, dance, crafts, Taiko, theatre, Anime, childrens’ activities or Japanese food – there’s something for everyone.

The Powell Street Festival is rich in arts and culture and has been around for over 40 years. Featuring more than 20 food vendors, delicious Japanese fare will be available through stalls lining Dunlevy and Jackson. Be sure to visit Macro-Maki to dress up in pillow-sized sushi costumes and take selfies on a massive sushi tray. The craft market will offer original, one-of-a-kind, hand-made goods.

Image Source: Powell Street Festival

This year’s program includes a captivating mix of regional and international talent. Japanese blues, anyone? George & Noriko are a dynamic duo of a Japanese blues cowboy and a Tsugaru shamisen player, from Melbourne, Australia. Ensemble Liberta will play their classical Japanese instruments, and Kisyuu will do live calligraphy demos. If you like Taiko (Japanese drumming and percussion), JODAIKO from California will be there, too! If you like film, screenings co-presented with the Hapa-palooza Festival will include award-winning short film Born with It, as well as episodes from Almost Asian, starring Katie Malia, who will also attend.

Our client, The Powell Street Festival Society, which organizes and produces this event, is guided by a vision of a society which is enriched and interconnected through Japanese Canadian arts and culture. The society encourages the recognition of Japanese Canadians as a creative force within our community.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 to be a part of the largest Japanese Canadian festival in Canada. The main location is Oppenheimer Park in the 400 block of Powell Street, with festival activities spilling over to surrounding areas of the Firehall Arts Centre on Cordova Street, the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall on Alexander Street and the Vancouver Buddhist Temple on Jackson Avenue. When you’re in the area, check out the street banners up at Victory Square and on Main Street between National and Southern.

Oppenheimer Park. Image Source: Space2Place

The festival showcases Japanese talent and culture, and it’s also a community building opportunity. The event helps to build a community bridge so the people of the community can experience the beauty and diversity of Japanese Canadian arts and culture.

We’re so excited because this festival is happening right down the street from us, in our own neighbourhood! Don’t forget your Japanese flag and your Canada/Japan Friendship Pins.

Farm-to-Table Lifestyle Bursting with Heritage and History

A May to October Love Affair to Remember

Farmer’s market season is here in BC and we love that we have so many amazing markets to choose from! Whether it’s the Mount Pleasant, the Hastings Park, or the Kitsilano Farmers Market, don’t miss your chance to experience the fun of shopping at the markets in your neighbourhood. Aside from the fun of it all, there are many other awesome benefits to think about. Super fresh fruits and vegetables bursting with flavour and goodness remind us all what fruits and vegetables are meant to taste like.

This week we’re focusing on one of our clients, the New West Farmers Market, located at Tipperary Park in New Westminster, which is open for business until October, on Thursdays from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get there early to experience the best of the market, including farm-fresh produce, local crafts, prepared gourmet foods, and live entertainment. And while you’re there, check out the street banners displayed against the bright blue sky! The mission of the New West Farmers Market Association is to focus on environmentally sustainable food production by bringing locally grown and produced foods to the community, thereby contributing to local economic development, healthy eating, and food security while connecting with our heritage of having a vibrant city market.

Image Source: New West Farmers Market

New West Farmers Market banners, made by The Flag Shop Vancouver. Image Source: New West Farmers Market

Susan Braverman, The Flag Shop President said, “I will never forget the first time I ever went to the farmer’s market. I bit into a piece of freshly harvested cauliflower and it was the best I had ever eaten in my life!” She added, “I didn’t realize this is exactly how fruits and vegetables are supposed to taste.”

This is the beauty of the farmers market: the fruits and vegetables ripen in the field and are brought directly to the market. They have not been shipped long distances, have not been gassed to force ripening, and they have not been sitting in storage for weeks before reaching your table. It’s the best available produce because it’s been grown and harvested in your own community.

Knowing what’s in season is easy at the farmer’s market because whatever is growing is what they are selling. Favorites include berries and corn on the cob in summer, and pumpkins and apples in the fall. If you enjoy connecting with your community and knowing exactly where your food comes from, just head out to your local farmers market!

Image Source: New West Farmers Market

Farming reminds us all of simpler times when we knew where our food came from and we knew the people who grew it. And, even though the world has changed dramatically, we all share a basic understanding of what it means to live off the land. Farming is an important part of our collective heritage, and contributes to the local economy. Buying locally-grown produce means supporting farming families, while they feed ours. People are opting for fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan foods such as local cheeses, as well as proteins, home-style baked goods and even locally-grown flowers.

Image Source: New West Farmers Market

If you plan on doing the circuit, or for more information about farmers markets, please visit for BC, or for options across Canada.

2017 Honda Celebration of Light | July 29 | August 2 | August 5 |

Celebration of Fireworks, Live Outdoor Music and Local Foods

For nearly 30 years, Vancouverites have experienced the beauty and majesty of the Honda Celebration of Light, a world-class fireworks display and competition which attracts 1.4 million local, regional and international visitors each year. Word is, until you’ve seen Vancouver’s Celebration of Light, you’ve never really seen fireworks the way they’re meant to be seen. Known as one of the major events in the city, its fireworks illuminate the sky over English Bay for three nights, ending on the Saturday of the August long weekend.

Image Source: Celebration of Light

We have been supporting this event for many years, supplying flags to the throngs of people making their way to the celebration. Since 2013, we have been working with the event organizer and producers, supplying the street banners that create anticipation in the community and make our streets look even more beautiful. You can see them for yourself on the Granville Street Bridge.

Honda Celebration of Light banners in 2015

The festival’s core purpose is to “spark togetherness.” So, is it really any wonder we’re thrilled to be a part of it all? Our friends at the West End BIA feel the same as we do! Keep your eyes to the sky to see more street banners coming soon to the West End, right where the celebration will be happening.

Image Source: Celebration of Light

Image Source: Celebration of Light

How Did It All Start? Mr. Fireworks Brings Celebration to Vancouver
Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks himself, and his wife Stephanie went to Montreal 30 years ago to participate in the Pyrodyne Corporation fireworks competition. They were inspired by the awe and wonder of it all. As the driving force behind bringing this iconic festival to Vancouver, Raymond said, “From day one, this event has been a booming success and all these years later, it’s still a major community event, which brings global interest and attendance.” He adds, “The idea that people from all corners of the world come to be a part of something truly spectacular, it makes me very proud.”

The Honda Celebration of Light (originally known as Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire and then the HSBC Symphony of Fire) is an annual musical fireworks competition. The first Symphony of Fire was held in 1990. Today, this event is known as one of Vancouver’s largest festivals. It is recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks competition in the world. This year, the competition will feature companies from Japan (Akariya Fireworks), the United Kingdom (Jubilee Fireworks) and Canada (Royal Pyrotechnie). To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, each of the competitors will be required to include one iconic Canadian song in their display.

“Check Out the Stage Before You Watch the Sky”
As if the fireworks were not enough to draw the crowds, the Celebration of Light kicks off each afternoon with live music at Sunset Beach. Known as ShoreFest, it is Vancouver’s largest community concert, and is free of charge. Musicians begin performing in the early afternoon and leading up to fireworks in the evening.

Image Source: Celebration of Light

For more information about this year’s event, please visit their official website.

The Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: July 7 – 16

It’s Time to Turn It Up! It’s a Stampede Thing!

Now in its 105th year, the Calgary Stampede is known around the world as the “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” The Stampede is a 10-day celebration of western heritage and values, attracting more than one million visitors each year. Whether you’re into live music, midway carnivals, rodeo competitions, chuckwagon races or arts and culture, the show has something for everyone. At the heart of it all is an important connection to the history of rodeo and agriculture. And it’s tons of fun, too!

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Calgarians across Cowtown, as it’s affectionately known by locals, look forward to The Stampede as a chance to welcome visitors from far and wide, showing them true western hospitality and spirit. People dress in western-themed apparel, from cowboy hats right down to their boots. Businesses decorate with hay bales and western themes. Western boot shops extend business hours and thousands of volunteers come together to pull off this annual celebration. The Stampede Spirit takes over the entire city.

Cloudy with a Chance of Pancakes – Find Free Pancakes with the Flapjack App
One of the best things about The Stampede is the free pancake breakfasts, which can be found all over the city. They say more than 200,000 pancakes are served at these community gatherings. Now that’s a lot of flapjack flipping! Use the Flapjack Finder app to make your way to the nearest fluffy stacks.

Image Source: Calgary Stampede

University Course Credits for Boot Stomping and Line Dancing?
The University of Calgary offers an official credit course on the Culture of the Calgary Stampede. As part of the Canadian Studies curriculum, the course covers the history and cultural importance of the event. Talk about Stampede Spirit – all lectures during the Stampede take place right on the Stampede grounds.

Rodeo Rex and the Calgary Stampede’s Harry the Horse team up to kick off Stampede 2016. Image source: University of Calgary.

Stampede Interrupted by a Plane Crash
During the Stampede of 1919, crowds were suddenly interrupted by an emergency landing of a biplane, which touched down on top of the midway carousel. The plane was built for World War I ace Fred McCall, who was forced to crash-land on top of the merry-go-round due to engine failure at take-off. There were no injuries, proving they didn’t call him an ace for nothing!

A Curtiss Jenny is checked after it crash-landed on top of the carousel at the Calgary Stampede in 1919. Image source: Calgary Herald.

If you’re in the area, come out and enjoy The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: A Show 150 Years in the Making.
Can we get a YEE HAW, y’all?? It’s a Stampede Thing!

For event information, please visit the official Calgary Stampede website.

Hey Canada! You’re 150 Years Old and You Look Great

The Biggest Birthday Bash in Canadian History

On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will unite in celebration of our great nation. It’s an opportunity to recognize our achievements, which were born in the bold and hopeful vision and shared values of all those who came before us.

We’ve come a long way since 1867, and today Canadians are a well-loved and important part of the global community. Throughout the decades, we have seen immeasurable growth and positive change. We have carved out a reputation and a unique Canadian cultural mosaic, connecting with the world thanks to modern technology.

Now, more than ever before, it is time to consider what it truly means to be Canadian. What exactly does it mean to you? As a nation, Canadians are known on the world stage as people who value friendship, democracy, compassion, tolerance and peace. Canadians are well-known for our values, and also for our innovation.

We all know about the telephone, basketball and the CanadArm, but here are a few other Canadian innovations you may not know about:

Trivial Pursuit
It all began in 1979 when two journalists from Montreal were playing a game of Scrabble. In the course of their conversation, they got creative, and 45 minutes later, they had invented a board game that would make millions. Trivial Pursuit began flying off the shelves of retailers across Canada.

Five Pin Bowling
Five pin bowling was invented in 1908 or 1909 by Canadian, Thomas F. Ryan, who owned 10-pin bowling lanes in Toronto. When he noticed that 10-pin was too difficult for some, his father shaved a regulation pin on a lathe. He placed five of the pins on the 10-pin floor and used a smaller ball. He also created a scoring system, allowing three balls per turn.

Poutine was born in Warwick, Quebec in 1957, when a customer walked into Le Café Idéal and asked the café owner, Fernand Lachance, to throw cheese curds in with his fries. It is said that Lachance used the Quebec slang term “poutine” to describe the mess, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Photo source: Vancouver is Awesome

And no, we don’t mean coffee! James Gosling is known as the father of Java, which is a programming language that revolutionized computing in the modern world. A former Calgarian and a former student at the University of Calgary, Gosling is credited for his computing genius, creating the original design of Java, one of the most popular programming languages for web applications and platforms.

Yay, Canada – The greatest nation in the world.

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday. And that’s a lot of candles!

For more information about events and celebrations in your community, visit

Canada Celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 21

Celebrating the Heritage and Achievements of the Nation’s Aboriginal Peoples

We’ve all heard of Aboriginal Day, but how many of us really know how it all began? Back in 1996, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day on June 21. This date was specially chosen because the Summer Solstice takes place each year on or around that date. Throughout history, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their cultures, heritage, customs and values on the Summer Solstice.

National Aboriginal Day Celebration in Edmonton, AB. Photo credit & source: Alicja Siekierska/CBC News

The Flag Shop treasures our relationships with our Aboriginal clients, which date back to the 1970s. Over the years, we have supplied countless flags, custom banners and promotional items, all celebrating and honouring the culture and values of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Take a peek at our Aboriginal Products Gallery, because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

A Chance Meeting – The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship
The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman, first met Kwakwaka’wakw Artist Curtis Wilson on Facebook, of all places! Curtis is the designer and the heart and soul behind the Canadian Native Flag. When Susan first learned about the meaning and beauty behind the design, she knew she wanted to help share it with the world. Susan said, “It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since Curtis and I first met.” She added, “It’s a great time to honour the Aboriginal peoples of our country while promoting unity among Canadians, and Curtis’ flag does just that!”

Referring to the flag, Curtis said, “The two designs on the red side bands are K’utala-Salmon. Salmon is the perfect way to convey the importance of family, friendship, and strength in numbers. There are as many types of people living here in Canada as there are types of salmon. I would like to see us coming together in the future, not only my First Nations people, but all of Canada. The design within the maple leaf is a head of a killer whale in the shape of an oval. The killer whale head is surrounded by some traditional use designs called split ’U’ shapes.”

Share Some Laughs with the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum of Canadian Bar Association, BC Chapter
We love supporting events in our community, so when we were approached to support an upcoming event hosted by the BC Region, Department of Justice Canada and the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum (ALF), we jumped on board! We donated a gift package with two large Canadian Native Flags, embroidered crests, tattoos, enamel lapel pins and paper stick flags. These items will go towards the online auction, as part of a special Canada Day gift basket. The auction, in its 10th anniversary, will run from June 16 – 24. Proceeds will go towards the ALF, whose mandate is to support Aboriginal law students, graduates and practitioners, and enhance the importance and influence of Aboriginal people in the legal profession. Auction items will be displayed at a special celebratory reception at the Westin Wall Centre, Richmond, on June 16. There will be great entertainment, food and refreshments! Mi’kmaw broadcaster, comedian and activist Candy Palmater will perform.

Celebrations are being held in every region of our great nation. Check out the listing of Aboriginal Day events and plan to attend a celebration in your community. And, don’t forget your Canadian Native Flag!

National Aboriginal Day Celebration in Vancouver, BC. Image source: Vancitybuzz