The Government of Canada has a fantastic section on their website that provides us with all kinds of information about our Country.
Whether hearing the opening chords of “O Canada” or glimpsing a maple leaf, certain sounds and images convey a distinct association with our country. We are sharing a 7 PART SERIES about the anthems and symbols of our amazing country!
Did you know…
- The beaver was given official status as an emblem of Canada when “An Act to provide for the recognition of the Beaver (Castor canadensis) as a symbol of the sovereignty of Canada” received royal assent on March 24, 1975. However, the beaver was a part of the Canadian identity long before Parliament passed the National Symbol of Canada Act.
- “O Canada” was proclaimed Canada’s national anthem on July 1, 1980, one century after it was first sung in the City of Québec on June 24, 1880.
- The Maple Leaf Tartan was declared an official national symbol on March 9, 2011.
- Although the maple leaf is closely associated with Canada, the maple tree was not officially recognized as Canada’s arboreal emblem until 1996.
Over the past century, the symbols have been formally adopted by the Government of Canada and are now considered official symbols of our country.
CLICK HERE to learn about the official symbols of Canada and their history on the Government of Canada’s website!