Flag Protocol

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
  • 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

RSS Flag Lowering – University Relations

  • Taryn Edwards
    Flags on the UBC Okanagan campus will be lowered on Monday, January 17, 2022, in memory of student Taryn Edwards, who passed away in Kelowna on December 5, 2021. Taryn was in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts in Languages. Our sincere condolences to Taryn’s family, friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, […]
  • National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
    The 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 will be lowered on Monday, December 6 to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action […]
  • Remembrance Day
    The 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 will be lowered on Thursday, November 11, in recognition of Remembrance Day. This year, due to […]

See past flag lowering notifications

Okanagan Nation Alliance flag

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 nsyilxcən 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.