Trudeau had seemed to indicate Indigenous communities would have to give consent for the government to raise the flags. But that is not the case.
The government will raise the Maple Leaf on federal buildings in time for them to be lowered to half-mast to honour Canada’s war dead on Remembrance Day, according to a senior Liberal source.
Justin Trudeau hinted that a resolution was imminent this week when he said the government is working with Indigenous groups to find ways to raise and then lower the flag next week.
“I am confident that the conversations with Indigenous leadership on making sure we lower the flag again on November 11 will come to the right solution,” the prime minister said in a press conference at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on Tuesday.
Flags have flown at half-mast on the Peace Tower and other federal buildings since May 30 as a mark of respect, following the discovery of 215 unmarked graves of former residential school Indigenous students in Kamloops, B.C.
Trudeau told reporters during the recent election campaign that flags would remain at half-mast “until it is clear that Indigenous peoples are happy to raise them again.”
That was interpreted as a sign that Indigenous communities would have to give consent to the federal government before the flags were raised.