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September 19, 2003
Media Advisory: City of Toronto hosts second annual Wiphala flag-raising
The City of Toronto and the Andean Council of Toronto are hosting the second
annual raising of the Wiphala to recognize the autumn equinox, the eighth
anniversary of the Andean Council of Indigenous Peoples and the presence of the
growing population of Andean indigenous people in Toronto.

Date: Saturday, September 20

Time: Noon

Location: Podium roof of 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, northern Chile, Argentina and southern

The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Canada-Colombia Solidarity
Campaign, and the Mayan Council Sac'Be and Food for Chiapas. There will be
performances by traditional drummers, musicians and dancers.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Community Engagement and Diversity Management,
Chief Administrator's Office, 416-392-6824

Mae Maracle, Access and Equity Consultant, Chief Administrator's Office,
Marco Guzman, Secretary Andean Council 416 457-7224



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