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 Protocol team is responsible for the protocol around the use of and (when required) the lowering of flags.
Questions? Contact Ceremonies and Protocol 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
- Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023The Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC flags at UBC Okanagan and the Canada flag (at Flag Pole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (temporarily relocated to the East Mall Entrance and Plaza at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre) on the UBC Vancouver campus are lowered on Saturday, September 30, 2023, acknowledging Orange […]
- Alex ThompsonFlags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Friday, September 29, 2023, in memory of Alex Thompson, a fourth-year student in the nursing program, who passed away on September 13 on the Needle Peak Hiking Grail in the Coquihalla Summit. Our sincere condolences to Alex’s family, friends and colleagues. A Celebration of Life will be […]
- Alana WrightFlags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered Friday, July 21, 2023, in memory of Academic & Career Advisor Alana Wright who passed away in June 2023. Our sincere condolences to Alana’s husband, family, friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kelowna’s Gospel Mission.
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.