A new flag flies over British Columbia’s French-speaking communities

Raymond Lemoine, principal of École des Pionniers in Maillardville, designs the winning entry in a 1981 contest to create the new Franco-Columbian flag.

It features the dogwood, which is the floral emblem of British Columbia. The blue lines evoke images of the sea, and the raised lines represent the Rocky Mountains. The fleur-de-lis symbolizes the French-speaking community, and one of the petals points toward the yellow circle, which represents the sun.

This flag reflects the dual identity of Franco-Columbians and celebrates their pride in belonging to this community.