DIVERSITY IS CANADA STRENGTH
By Ingrid Coifman, Leila Monteiro Lins & Rosana Dias Lancsarics
This year, Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Across the country, many will be taking part in this major national milestone.
Canadians will be celebrating the creation of the Dominion of Canada by an Act of the British Parliament in 1867. The British North America Act brought together the self-governing colonies of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and gave them a written constitution. The other provinces and territories joined later.
According to reports, Ontario will be spending approximately $ 7 million to support more than 350 events across the province. It opted to create its own Ontario 150 anniversary logo.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he hopes to use Canada’s celebrations as a time to “really connect with Canadians.”
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, who is the lead minister for coordinating, planning and funding official “Canada -150” events, said that it will be a “year-long celebration of the rich heritage and cultural diversity that make Canada a great place to live.” Joly highlighted that the anniversary should be a moment of reflection and celebrations should be based on the respect for pluralism and official languages. “We must move forward together in the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples to make sure that Canada’s next 150 years leave a better legacy than the past,” she added.
How to get involved:
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/canada150th/
Conversation kit: http://www.2017startsnow.ca/en/docs/conversation-kit.pdf
A Snapshot of Canada
Canada is home to more than 35 million people. The country is the second largest in the world. Today, more than 20% of people living here were born outside the country, which means that more 7 million Canadians call another country home.
Diversity is Canada’s strength | La diversité est la force du Canada “We are better country – a stronger, more successful country – because of it. Canada’s story proves that diversity and inclusion work not just as inspirational values, but as proven path to peace and prosperity. ” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo by Art Babych)
Did you know?
The Canada 150 logo is a stylized maple leaf made up of multi-coloured diamond shapes, designed by a University of Waterloo student. The winning design was chosen from 300 entries in a contest.
The Bank of Canada will release a commemorative $10 banknote for Canada’s sesquicentennial, which will be available by Canada Day.
A Canada 150 Mosaic project will gather 150 interconnected murals created across the country, depicting a train travelling coast-to-coast across Canada. Each mural will be made up of hundreds of tiles painted by individual Canadians.
For Canada 150, the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa will plant 30,000 Maple Leaf tulip bulbs.
The Toronto Blue Jays baseball team will be wearing special red-and-white uniforms at select games during the 2017 season to mark Canada
-MAPLE LEAF – The maple leaf is Canada’s best-known symbol. Maple leaves were adopted as a symbol by French-Canadians in the 1700s, and have appeared on uniforms and insignia since the 1850s. (Photo by Isabel Raupp Pimentel).
-HOCKEY – Hockey is the country’s most popular and the national winter sport. Ice hockey was developed in Canada in the 1800s. (Photo by Eugene Onischenko).
-BEAVER – The beaver was adopted centuries ago as a symbol of the Hudson’s Bay Company. It became an emblem of the St. Jean Baptiste Society, a French-Canadian
patriotic association, in 1834. It can be seen on the five-cent coin and in cities such as Montreal and Toronto. (Photo by Jody Ann).
-SPORTS – Canadian football is the second most popular sport. Curling, an ice game introduced by Scottish pioneers is popular. Lacrosse, an ancient sport first played by Aboriginals, is the official summer sport. Soccer has the most registered players of any game in Canada.
-THE CROWN – The Crown has been a symbol of the state in Canada for 400 years. Canada has been a constitutional monarchy in its own right since Confederation in 1867 during Queen Victoria’s reign. The Crown symbolizes the Canadian government, including Parliament, the legislatures, the courts, police services and the Canadian Forces.