Montreal's flag acknowledges First Nations, Amherst St. to be renamed

Montreal city hall has unfurled a trio of redesigned flags now including a white pine — a First Nations symbol of peace and harmony.

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Published on: September 13, 2017 | Last Updated: September 13, 2017 9:10 AM EDT

The city of Montreal added a symbol representing First Nations to its municipal flag and reportedly intends to rechristen a street named after an 18th-century British general as part of an effort to acknowledge the role of indigenous peoples in the city’s history.

At a ceremony outside city hall Wednesday morning, a trio of redesigned flags now including a white pine — a First Nations symbol of peace and harmony — were hoisted in the presence of Ghislain Picard, Regional Assembly of First Nations Chief of Quebec Labrador, and Chief Christine Zachary-Deom.

There was also a report Wednesday morning that Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre will seek to have Amherst St., named after an 18th-century British general who advocated the use of small-pox-infected blankets as a weapon during an indigenous rebellion in 1763, be replaced.

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