Mayor Iveson wants to talk about the City of Edmonton flag and possible options to change it.

His proposal stems from a Ted Talk video that lists five rules of flag design:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Use meaningful symbolism.
  • Use Two or three basic colours.
  • No lettering or seals/Coats of Arms.
  • Be distinctive.

The City of  Edmonton flag has a Coat of Arms and the lettering, “Industry, Integrity, Progress.”

A new flag design by artist Ryan McCourt, as presented by the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, is of interest to the Mayor.

It was created to remind everyone the Treaty is not time-limited, but enduring “as long as the sun shines, as long as the grass grows, and as long as the river flows.”

The purple sky symbolizes courage and authority, and represents the northern lights.

Public reaction is mixed. Some comments online suggest that it doesn’t have an “Edmonton” feel, while others say the whole thing is a waste of time and money.

The mayor is reaching out on his blog for public opinion.