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September 18, 2008
Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts seventh annual Wiphala flag-raising
The City of Toronto and the First Nations Andean Council-Toronto will host the seventh annual raising of the Wiphala to recognize the autumn equinox, the 12th anniversary of the First Nations Andean Council, and the presence of the growing population of Andean Aboriginal people in Toronto.

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: podium roof, 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 musicians and dancers such as, “We are Peru” Cultural Association, Saira Ansari, Andean dance group “Illari”, “Sanjuaneritas” Mayan dance, “Thinkus” of northern Potosi-Bolivia, Aymara “charango” player Armando Chalco, and the “Aztec” dancers.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Mae Maracle, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, 416-392-5583,;
Marco Guzman, Secretary of the First Nations Andean Council, 416-457-7224



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