Franco-Ontario Flag Creator,Dupuis, Passed Away At Age 62.
Written By: Saturday, January 13th 2018

You may have noticed the Franco-Ontario flag flying at half mass.

Michel Dupuis, the creator of the iconic flag, passed away in North Bay at 62 years of age on Thursday.

Dupuis came up with the idea in 1975 while attending Laurentian University when he was just 19 years old. His professor, Gaetan Gervais was a co-creator.

The flag was created during a time when Ontario’s Francophone population was in the midst of a cultural revolution. The two gentlemen saw the Francophone population was under-represented and they needed a symbol to rally behind, thus came the design.

When Dupuis spoke of the flag he said “The success of a symbol comes from it’s ability to convey a message.”

Dupuis was inducted into the city’s Walk of Fame in 2012. He also received the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2013. Dupuis’ name also appears on a commemorative plaque at Laurentian University.

Michel Dupuis spent 25 years working for the the Ontario Public Service and has an elementary school in Ottawa named in his honor – “École Elémentaire Publique Michel-Dupuis.” The school was inaugurated on April 11, 2017.



Michel Dupuis Pictured In Middle

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