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Flags raised again at Four Directions following vandalism incident

  • The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre has re-raised flags previously destroyed in an act of vandalism.
    The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre has re-raised flags previously destroyed in an act of vandalism.
  • The flags have been hung in the windows of the buildings located at 144 and 146 Barrie St.
    The flags have been hung in the windows of the buildings located at 144 and 146 Barrie St.

In response to a recent act of vandalism that resulted in the destruction of five flags hanging outside its offices, the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre has raised new flags.

Each of the flags – Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Two Row Wampum, Métis Nation, LGBTQ2S+ Pride, and Trans* Pride – can now be seen in the windows of Four Directions at 144 and 146 Barrie St. The flags were raised once again on Friday, July 17. A video of the ceremony is available on the Four Directions page on Facebook.

The flags will later be securely installed on top of the buildings.

Kingston Police continue to investigate the incident, which is believed to have occurred on June 29 or June 30, and today issued a release seeking public assistance in providing information about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Adam Slate at aslate@kingstonpolice.ca or 613-549-4660 ext. 6366. Tips can also be provided anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number at 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to remain anonymous. Refer to occurrence number 20-91627.

After it was discovered that the flags had been slashed and destroyed, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane issued a statement decrying the incident and supporting those affected by the racist, homophobic, and transphobic act.

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Those interested in donating towards the cost of replacing the flags, are instead asked to donate to the Emergency Bursary Fund for Indigenous Students and the Chancellor Jim Leech Bursary for Indigenous Students.