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.


Current Flag Lowerings

Flag lowering notifications will be posted here.


Flag Notification Archive

Elder Jessie Nyberg

Flags on UBC’s Okanagan campus will be lowered on Friday, September 17, 2021 in memory of Elder Jessie Nyberg, LL.D., who passed away on September 3. Dr. Nyberg had been an Elder Advisor and Community Research Liaison in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, and earlier in 2021 she received an honorary degree from […]

Erin Betty Lukas

Flags on the UBC Okanagan campus will be lowered on Thursday, September 9, 2021, in memory of student Erin Betty Lukas, who passed away in Edmonton on August 1, 2021. Erin had completed her first year of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Our sincere condolences to Erin’s family, friends and colleagues. In lieu of […]

Gabriel Dix

Flags on the UBC Okanagan campus will be lowered on July 31, 2021, in memory of student Gabriel Dix, who passed away in Kelowna on July 13, 2021. Gabriel completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Masters of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan. At the time of Gabriel’s untimely passing, he was preparing […]

In memory of the children buried at and near Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

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 children found buried at unmarked sites at […]

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

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 June 23, 2021 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of […]

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 […]