September 21, 2005
City of Toronto hosts fourth annual Wiphala flag-raising

The City of Toronto and the Andean Council of Toronto are hosting the fourth
annual raising of the Wiphala flag to recognize the autumn equinox, the tenth
anniversary of the Andean Council of Indigenous Peoples and the presence of the
growing population of Andean indigenous people in Toronto.

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Podium roof at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

There will be performances by traditional singers and dancers, including "Los
Danzaq" from Peru, "Wayna Thakis" from Bolivia, "Spirit Wind" from Canada,
"Aztec Dancers" from Mexico, "Melody" from Bolivia and the legendary "Ayni"

The Fall equinox represents a significant spiritual and cultural day in the
life of the Andean population and the celebration of this day as Wiphala Day
contributes to the richness of Toronto's diversity.

The celebration of the Wiphala -- the most important symbol of this community
-- is a celebration of the human rights of Indigenous people. It is made up of
49 squares of the 7 colours of the rainbow. The territory of the indigenous
Andean population includes Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, northern Chile, northern
Argentina and southern Colombia.

Media contacts:

Mae Maracle
Diversity Management and Community Engagement
City Manager's Office

Marco Guzman
Andean Council of First Nations