What is a flag?
A flag is a cloth sign carried, flown or waved so that everyone will see it. It still means today what it meant thousands of years ago: that the people carrying or displaying the flag belong to a certain country, nation or organization. It is an identification of peoples.
Thousands of years ago, hunters and warriors began carrying signs or flags, so that both friends and enemies would know who they were. These first flags were not made of cloth. Instead, people tied the skin of an animal or the feathers of a bird to the end of the pole to show their tribal affiliation.
Today, flags are made of cloth, each with its own symbols and colours. And today, flags are flown over government buildings, public monuments, and schools in most parts of the world.
Our own flag?
The idea of having our own Eabametoong (Fort Hope) flag was borne in the early 70′s, just as the Band and Reserve government was developing.
In 1974, a logo contest was conducted among the students of the John C. Yesno Elementary School. The Band Council under Chief Cornelius Nate selected the chosen logo, a canoe between two teepees.
This selected logo was designed by a student named Peter Nate. However, the colours were not chosen until 1983. The three main colours emerged during the Road Impact Study, headed by Andy Yesno. During the course of this study, research showed that the people of Eabametoong have and still depend heavily upon the land for survival.
Our flag represents the people of Eabametoong, who are part of the Ojibway Nation of the Nishnawbe-Aski.
The symbols show the traditional ways of shelter and travel of our people as they roamed about Nishnawbe-Aski long ago and continue to do to this day.
The teepee was a portable home that was light to carry from place to place. The birchbark canoe was the primary mode of travel on the many rivers that formed the highways throughout the land. The teepee has been replaced with canvas tents of all shapes and sizes. The birchbark canoe has been replaced with wood and canvas canoes or aluminum boats.
These symbols on the flag are reminders of the way of life and culture of the Ojibway people.
The black teepee symbolizes our forefathers and present day people who have gone before us (dead) and their contribution to our culture. The red teepee represents the living blood of the Ojibway people of Eabametoong today. The white canoe represents the Great Spirit, who has guided us, and will continue to guide us through our travel in life.
The three main colours that form the background of our flag symbolizes our determination and faith to continue to survive at Eabametoong.
Yellow – for as long as the sun shall shine
Green – for as long as the grass shall grow
Blue – for as long the rivers shall flow
We are the Ojibway Anishinabeg of Eabametoong. Our ancestors were nomadic and riverine.
The symbol of our flag represents the traditional methods of shelter and travel of our people as they roamed about the vast lakes and rivers of this great Nishnawbe-Aski.
Our culture and heritage is carried on through this flag by the interpretation of its various colours.
The black represents those of the people who have gone forward from this life.
The red represents those of the people who are still living today.
The white represents the creator as our guardian spirit.
Through the might and mercy of the great spirit we shall continue to survive for as long as the sun shines (yellow)
for as long as the grass grows (green)
for as long as the rivers flow (blue).
We are the Ojibway Nation.
The Eabametoong Flag
The flag identifies our past, present, and our future.
The flag identifies our culture and heritage.
The flag identifies our unity and self-determination.
The flag identifies our people of Eabametoong who are part of the great Ojibway Nation.