Let me tell you a story of Metis Resource Centre Inc's (MRC) image of our flying flag! When we decided to have a web site some years ago it was a must to have a flying flag, not the flat image I always saw. One hot summer day my husband Keith, who is a photographer, set out to make me happy with a flying Metis flag photo. I had a flag that we put on an old dowel we had in our basement. We tied the flag to the dowel and went outside. Now, our problem came when we had no summer breeze that day to make our flag fly! So, Keith with his creative mind thought for a minute and ran back into the house and came out with our big fan from the living room. He set up the flag to the back bumper of our van, I plugged in the fan and held it up so the air would catch the flag. It took some time to adjust the angle for the fan to make that flag fly! Once we managed to get the flag up and flying, Keith went to work taking the picture. We developed the picture and yes, I had a Metis flying flag!! Now, the photo had some of our alley in it and the service wires showing too!! Now what? Keith took a great deal of time cleaning the image of the things that I couldn't and didn't want to have in picture and MRC soon had a Metis Flying Flag, the first one on the net!!
Now, you're asking yourself what is the reason for the story of the flying flag? Our image of a Metis flying flag is still the only one. Surfing the Internet I see our image all over the net and yet there is NO credit as to where they got the image! Now for those that know us we have almost no financial resources and it has been a hard struggle for us to keep the Centre open. For all those who don't know, MRC is the only organization of it's kind in the country doing the work we do and we don't ask a lot, but it is only manners to ask if you can use the images we developed and at the very least credit the source of the images.
Lorraine Freeman - Director MCHRC