Flag Protocol

Lowering of the Flags

UBC’s Okanagan Campus has four flags in the main courtyard: Canada, British Columbia, Okanagan Nation Alliance and The University of British Columbia.

The Okanagan Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of all four flags at the passing of a member of the campus community. When this occurs, the information is sent via email for distribution, and it is also posted on this web page.


Days of Recognition

The UBC flag is replaced occasionally by other flags being flown for special occasions, such as the Pride flag being flown during Outweek.


Musqueam and Okanagan Nation Alliance Flags

The Musqueam and Okanagan Nation Alliance flags now fly permanently above UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, respectively. Read more.


Flag Lowering Notification

The Canada flag (at Flag Pole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus and the Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC flags at UBC Okanagan are lowered until further notice, in memory of the 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School (IRS).

Please read a message to the community from Prof. Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Lesley Cormack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

For more information and resources, please visit the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.


Flag Notification Archive

Chunyi Qian

The Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Thursday, June 3, 2021, in memory of student, Chunyi Qian, who passed away in Suchou, China on April 30, 2021. Chunyi was in his first year of a Bachelor of Science program. Our sincere condolences to Chunyi’s family, friends […]

Jeanine Sali

Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Friday, April 30, 2021, in memory of retired staff member Jeanine Sali, who passed away on April 22, 2021. Jeanine worked in Facilities Management under both Okanagan University College and UBC Okanagan for nearly 25 years. Our sincere condolences to the Sali family, and Jeanine’s many friends […]

National Day of Mourning

The Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC flags at UBC Okanagan and the Canada flag (at Flagpole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus are lowered on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in recognition of the National Day of Mourning, to […]

Anniversary of BC Public Health Emergency Declared for Overdose Crisis

The Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC Flags at UBC Okanagan and the Canada flag (at Flagpole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC Flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus are lowered on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to acknowledge the five-year anniversary of the Overdose Crisis […]

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC Flags at UBC Okanagan and the Canada flag (at Flagpole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC Flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus are currently lowered in remembrance of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who […]

Leah Hamill

Flags on the UBC Okanagan campus will be lowered on Monday, March 22, 2021, in memory of student Leah Hamill, who passed away in Kelowna on March 15, 2021. Leah was in her third year of a Bachelor of Science program. Our sincere condolences to Leah’s family, friends and colleagues.

National Day of Observance for COVID-19

The Canada flag (at Flagpole Plaza) and the BC, Musqueam and UBC flags (at the North Plaza of the Life Building) on the UBC Vancouver Campus and the Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Thursday, March 11, 2021, for the National Day of Observance to acknowledge the […]

David Schindler

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in memory of David Schindler, O.C., F.R.S.C., F.R.S., D.Sc., who passed away on March 4. Dr. Schindler received an honorary degree at the Okanagan campus in 2016.

Andrew Arida

The BC, Musqueam and UBC flags on the UBC Vancouver Campus and the Canada, BC, Okanagan Nation Alliance and UBC Flags at UBC Okanagan were lowered on Wednesday, January 20,2021, in memory of Mr. Andrew Arida who passed away on January 7, 2021. Mr. Arida held many roles in his 20+ years at UBC, including […]

Angela Manning

Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Monday, January 18, 2021, in memory of staff member Angela Manning, who passed away on December 20, 2020. Angela joined UBC Okanagan in 2019 in the Food Services department where she worked as a sales attendant in Picnic and Sunshine. Our sincere condolences to Angela’s family, friends and […]