The City of Edmonton, the Alberta Legislature, and University of Alberta are flying the pride flag in support of LGBTQ athletes competing at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The flag will remain in place on the community flag pole until the games are over. Beginning in St. John's, Newfoundland, the trend quickly spread accross the country to include cities such as St. Albert, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

This week's edition of Back Words is brought to you in part by Colour Your Flag, a community-wide design challenge that invites Edmontonians of all ages to learn about flags and flag design. We want to have some fun, to know how you understand and experience Edmonton. How would you represent the city and your life here through your own flag? What symbols, colours, messages would you use? Go to for more information and to submit your own design!