Published: September 27, 2017
Photo by Jennifer Parsons
Mayor Phil Vinet (left) and Madelaine Oakes work to raise the franco-Ontarian flag while surrounded by Francophone youth on Sept. 25. More than 50 school-aged students and members of the Association francophone de Red Lake gathered for the flag raising in Centennial Park in honour of Franco-Ontarian Day. This is the second year the flag has been flown in the Red Lake location to mark the September event.
“One point four million people in Ontario speak French and some of you are right here,” Michelle Alderton told those gathered on Monday morning. “This day is to show how proud we are to be Franco-Ontarian.”
Mayor Phil Vinet joined the event and talked about the importance of inclusiveness in the district.
“Red Lake wants to be and will be an inclusive community and it means including groups like the franco-Ontarian people. I am very proud to say that Red Lake is a diverse community, a welcoming community, a warm community and that means no one is left out, especially the youth.”
Students from Ecole catholique des Etoiles-du-Nord closed the event by inviting the other children to join them in a song.