CANADA - the name
- In 1535 explorer Jacques
Cartier heard the word "kanata".
- It was used to refer to
the site of present day Quebec City.
- "Kanata" was a
Huron-Iroquois word for "village" or "settlement"
- The name "Canada" later
referred to a large area north of the St. Lawrence
- As more land was explored
- The first time "Canada"
was used as an official name was in 1791 for the
colonies of Upper and Lower Canada.
- In 1867, at the time of
Confederation, the new country became known as
- Red and white are Canada's
- The flag first flew on
February 15, 1965.
THE MAPLE LEAF and
- It is said that the maple
leaf served as a symbol of Canada as early as 1700.
- In 1867 Canada's
confederation song The Maple Leaf Forever was
written (by Alexander Muir).
- The coat of arms created
for Ontario and Quebec both included the maple leaf.
- The maple leaf appears on
on the arms of Canada and on Canada's flag (1965).
- The red maple leaf is
recognized around the world as a symbol of Canada.
- The Aboriginal people of
Canada made syrup and sugar from the sap of the
sugar maple tree.
- In 1996 the maple tree was
officially recognized as a national emblem.
coat of arms - to colour
COAT OF ARMS
- Early settlers are
represented by the three royal lions of England, the
royal lion of Scotland, the harp of Ireland and the
fleur-de-lis of France.
- The lion of England holds
the British flag.
- The unicorn of Scotland
holds the flag of Royal France.
- The bottom has the
fleur-de-lis (France), the shamrock (Ireland), the
thistle (Scotland), and the rose (England).
THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED
MOTTO - "From sea to sea"
ANIMAL: THE BEAVER