UBC’s Okanagan Campus has four flags in the main courtyard: Canada, British Columbia, Okanagan Nation Alliance and The University of British Columbia. The Ceremonies and Events team is responsible for the protocol around the use of and (when required) the lowering of flags.
Questions? Contact Ceremonies and Events if you have questions regarding flag protocol. If you wish to borrow flags for your campus event, see Event Planning Resources.
Protocol and Lowering
For the rules for flying the Canadian Flag, visit the Canadian Heritage site. The rules for flying other flags at UBC are based on this same etiquette.
Flags at UBC Okanagan may be lowered for:
- alignment with Canadian Heritage protocol
- the passing of a member of the campus community (in accordance with the family’s wishes)
- days of recognition, where the UBC flag is occasionally replaced by other flags (e.g. the Pride flag being flown during Outweek)
Flag Lowering Notifications
- National Day of Remembrance for Victims of TerrorismThe Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC flags at UBC Okanagan and the Canada flag (at Flagpole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus are lowered on June 23, 2022, to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of […]
- Joshua YonedaThe Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC flags at UBC Okanagan and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus will be lowered on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in memory of student Joshua Yoneda, who passed away May 16, 2022. Joshua was in […]
- National Day of Mourning 2022The Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC flags at UBC Okanagan and the Canada flag (at Flagpole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus are lowered on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in recognition of the National Day of Mourning, to […]
See past flag lowering notifications
Musqueam and Okanagan Nation Alliance Flags
Each campus of UBC sits on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of its host nation: Musqueam in Vancouver, and the Syilx Okanagan Nation in the Okanagan.
On Sept. 27, 2018, the Okanagan campus raised the Okanagan Nation Alliance flag for the first time on its permanent pole in the courtyard. And in Vancouver, the Musqueam flag was raised on its permanent pole on February 25, 2019.
The flags formally signify UBC’s recognition of Indigenous peoples in whose lands the university resides, and add to a growing visible Indigenous presence on both campuses that includes bilingual signs providing alternate street names in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and nsyilxcn Indigenous languages.
Each campus has marked National Indigenous Peoples Day by temporarily raising the flag of its host First Nation in place of the university’s flag.