Spokane city council to appoint committee to redesign city flag

Spokane city council members voted Monday night to create a City Flag Working Group which will be tasked with redesigning Spokane’s official flag.

The ordinance, brought by council member Kate Burke, reads “the City of Spokane intends to update its flag to provide a symbol of which all people in Spokane can be proud and which represents the city we love.”

Spokane’s current flag depicts the “Children of the Sun,” which is the meaning of the word ‘Spokane’ in Salish. However, the flag is not widely used.

The ordinance to redesign the flag passed unanimously Monday, in a 6-0 vote. Council member Mike Fagan was absent from the meeting.

“We’re going to look into redoing our city flag as a way to show some pride in our community,” said Burke. “There’s already been a lot of energy online and in my inbox about redoing our city flag.”

The working group will be tasked with deciding the criteria for new flag design options and eventually voting on the final flag design.

The group will be composed of the two city council members, one resident from each city council district, Spokane’s mayor (or his designee), two community representatives chosen by the mayor (including one youth representative) and a member of the Spokane Arts Commission. The Spokane Tribe will also be invited to select a representative to participate in the working group.

The group will recommend its design decision no later than December 31, 2019. If adopted by the council, the new design will become the official City of Spokane flag.

All meetings of the City Flag Working Group will be open to the public and recorded.

Burke tweeted Monday, “Excited to see what we come up with! Spokane rocks and we need a flag that represents us #Spokane #cityflags”

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