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by Phil Nelson
In 1967 there was a great surge of interest in Canadian history. In Lethbridge it took the form of reconstruction of a replica of the notorious Fort Whoop-Up (1869-1888) by the Kinsmen Club. The Whoop-Up trading flag was reflown for the first time in 93 years, its modern design by Alex Johnston based on a single photograph, the best copy of which is in the Glenbow Museum photographic collection, and on contemporary written descriptions.
On 22 March 1971 the Whoop-Up Flag was the subject of a lengthy city council resolution, which read in part: "And whereas because of its historical significance and uniqueness the Fort Whoop-Up Flag has become a symbol of Lethbridge representing not only its background, old of story of the influence of our neighbours to the south of Canada, as related to our native people, but also of a city that defied the rigourous climate, geography, and isolation, to become first a coal mining town, to a farm and ranching pioneering community, to the centre of Canada's irrigation farming, and now an industrial City with a future in education, culture, and a civilization built on an industrious multi-racial people upholding the principle of government under the rule of law, recognizing the worth and dignity of the individual and the right of all citizens to share in its future and the future of Canada, now therefore be it resolved that the Fort Whoop-Up Flag be now adopted as the official flag of the municipal corporation of the City of Lethbridge." The resolution carried.
City of Lethbridge, Canada
researched by Phil Nelson - 26 February 1999