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September 21, 2006
Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts fifth annual Wiphala flag-raising
The City of Toronto and the First Nations Andean Council-Toronto are hosting the fifth annual raising of the Wiphala to recognize the autumn equinox, the tenth anniversary of the First Nations Andean Council, and the presence of the growing population of Andean Aboriginal people in Toronto.

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Podium roof, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The Wiphala is a symbol of indigenous resistance and is made up of 49 squares of the seven colours of the rainbow. The territory of the indigenous Andean population includes Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, northern Chile, northern Argentina and southern Colombia.

There will be performances by traditional drummers, musicians and dancers, including Los Danzaq from Peru, Medicine Song Woman Brenda McIntyre, Panflute player Pamela Vargas, and Aymara charango player Armando Chalco.

Media contacts:

Marco Guzman
Secretary of the First Nations Andean Council

Lorraine Giles
Diversity Management and Community Engagement
City Manager’s Office



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