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Duncan, British Columbia (Canada)

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Last modified: 2013-06-29 by rob raeside
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[Duncan flag] image provided by Sharon Jackson, 11 March 2012

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The City of Duncan BC is on Vancouver Island, in the Cowichan Valley Regional District; it is about 60 km north of Victoria and 50 km south of Nanaimo. The area is 345 ha and the population is 4700 [Source]. The city has 80 totem poles which give the city the slogan "city of totems", and it also is the home of the World's Largest Hockey Stick. The hockey stick in question was made for Expo 86, and leaned against the then-World's Tallest Flagpole (86m) for the duration of the Fair (the pole came to Surrey). I don't know if the giant puck that was displayed with the stick went with it to Duncan.
Dean McGee, 3 May 2006

A new flag was unveiled on 4 March 2012 during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the town's foundation The flag shows five salmon, which represent the five First Nations around Cowichan (Koksilah, Somena, Quamichan, Comiaken and Clemclemaluts), circling an image of City Hall with Mt. Prevost in the backdrop. According to Duncan Councillor Sharon Jackson, who designed the flag, the green represents the trees and mountains while the blue represents the Cowichan River. - "The Cowichan Valley's Online Headuqarters", 7 March 2012 - Photo showing small-sized flag - "Cowichan News Leader Pictorial", 7 March 2012, with a video footage showing the flag's hoisting.
Ivan Sache, 9 March 2012

See also for a report on the new flag.
Darrell Neuman, 13 April 2012

Former flag

[Duncan flag] image by Arnaud Leroy, 3 May 2006
Source: city hall

I have a drawing which comes from The Flag Shop's archives which shows a sketch of the flag. The colours and proportions are confirmed, but there is no writing on their version. My guess is that the first flags were made without the writing and that the city came back and said "it needs our name on it", but this is only a guess so far.
Dean McGee, 3 May 2006

There is a note in the minutes of the meeting of the Regular Meeting of Duncan City Council held on 10 January 2000 as follows:

Councillor Jackson advised Council that she wishes to propose to Council a change in the colours of the City Flag. She said she would bring her ideas forward at a subsequent meeting.

However, it has not proved possible to locate any further record of discussion or decision on the city flag in the other sets of minutes provided by the council on their web site.

Source: Duncan City Council, Minutes of the Regular Meeting of City Council, held 10 January 2000, (6 May 2006).
Colin Dobson, 8 May 2006