I talked about the "We're Stitched Together" Project in a previous post (you can also click on the logo on my sidebar for more details).
Since then many generous people from the quilting community have started making flags and spreading the word through their local guilds, blogs and Facebook pages. Thank you!
Before I started making my flag, I did a little research on the Town of Lac Megantique. Even though it is only a few hours drive from my hometown of Montreal, I had not heard of it before. I wanted to know a little more about it so that I could make a flag that was representative of its origins and its people.
Through Wikipedia, I found out that it is the
"oldest known site of human occupation in Quebec". It was first inhabited by the Native American tribe of the Abenaki. Megantic is a word from the Abinaki language meaning 'place where the fish are held' or 'where fish gather'.
Thus was the inspiration for my flag.
The town of Lac Megantique is small, with a population of only 5932. The part of the town that was most devastated is the town center, the place where the people gathered.
In reading many stories about the devastated town I learned, as we do through many such stories, that the people are resilient and that with the support of friends, family, and strangers alike the town center will be rebuilt and its people will continue to gather there.