Kayak explores symbols in Canada!

Note this item from Canada’s History magazine.  The item on “The First World War in Symbols” may be of particular interest to members, as well as the World War I connection to the national anthem in the article entitled “We Stand on Guard.”

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Symbols in Canada

Some of our national symbols are almost as well-known as our maple-leaf flag — things like the Parliament buildings in Ottawa or our anthem, “O Canada.” But we also have a national animal, two national sports, and much more. Take a closer look at Canadian symbolism in this special digital issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for KidsLearn more

We Stand on Guard

By the First World War, “O Canada” was gradually being accepted as our national song. By the late 1920s, children were singing it in school and it was played or sung at most public events. Learn more

Decolonizing a Flag for a New Generation

In this lesson, students will examine the provincial and territorial flags of Canada, discuss what the symbols represent on each flag, and design their own updated flags. Learn more

Symbols in Fashion History

In this activity, students will examine a selection of nineteenth-century women’s gowns, and analyze how the tailoring, fabric, and trimmings of the gowns symbolize societal conceptions of femininity and women’s roles. Learn more

The First World War in Symbols

This activity asks students to analyze excerpts from The Listening Post and other First World War publications to discover what types of symbols were used for soldiers and civilians. Learn more

The Bluenose

Bluenose was designed by William J. Roué, a marine architect, built by Smith & Rhuland Shipyard of Lunenberg, and captained by sailor Angus Walters. Today it’s a national icon featured on the Canadian dime and a symbol of Nova Scotia’s legacy of shipbuilding excellence. Learn more

Four winners will receive a $500 RESP!

As part of the eleventh edition of the Young Citizens program, we are looking to welcome even more students into our nation-wide community of young storytellers. Students aged 10 to 18 are encouraged to produce a short video on the topic they explored as part of their virtual Heritage Fair project — or any other relevant social studies research project.

Videos are due no later than June 6, 2022. Starting June 10, Canadians will be able to vote for their favourite videos.

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