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The Franco-Ontarian Flag

The Franco-Ontarian Flag

Photo and transcription by contributor Jacques Heroux - Posted August, 2018

The Franco-Ontarian Flag

Photo by contributor Jacques Heroux - Posted August, 2018

The Franco-Ontarian Flag

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The City of Greater Sudbury
On Laurentian University grounds
close to the Université de Sudbury building

Coordinates: N 46 27.827 W 80 58.282


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Plaque Text

The Franco-Ontarian Flag was first raised at the University of Sudbury on September 25, 1975, at a time when Sudbury was experiencing unprecedented growth in Franco-Ontarian arts and culture. Conceived by Gaétan Gervais, historian at Laurentian University, and student Michel Dupuis, the first flag was made by Jacline England, a student and staff member at the university. Refusing to take sole credit for the flag, its creators hoped that the Franco-Ontarian community would claim it as their own and a committee was formed to promote it. The flag was adopted as a unifying symbol during times of struggle and resistance, such as the Penetanguishene school crisis of 1979 and the SOS Montfort campaign in Ottawa in 1997. In 2001, the Ontario Legislature officially recognized the flag as the emblem of the Ontario French-speaking community. Since 2010, Franco-Ontarian Day has been celebrated annually on September 25. Today, the green and white flag with the French lily and the Ontario trillium endures as the most prominent symbol of the province's diverse francophone community and represents more than 400 years of the French presence in Ontario.

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