Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Isla Lethbridge, Alberta

Fair address: Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Canada's Flag

In 1964 Prime Minister Pearson was determined to give Canada a new flag that represented all Canadians. Canada's flag has an exciting history that unified the country and should make us all feel proud.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Prime Minister Pearson's vision was to give Canada it's own flag before it's 100th birthday! He wanted it's design to include an emblem that was distinctly Canadian. To do this he created a flag committee and as well asked all Canadians everywhere to help out by sending in their ideas! Most of our designs had maple leaves on them, and today thousands of the submissions remain in the National Archives of Canada!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Finding the right red for our flag was tricky! We didn't want it to be the same red as the Union Jack, or the red of the American flag! It took over a month of doing colour experiments to find the right red for Canada! And did you know, because of it's strong ties to Canada's history, it is the SUGAR maple leaf that was chosen?

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I believe that because of the effort and determination of the men and women that contributed to the creation of Canada's flag 52 years ago our country has a unity and a pride that perhaps we might not have shared otherwise. I love how our country comes together during the Olympics and how other countries easily identify our soldiers because of the maple leaf that is visible on the sleeves of their uniforms. I think this new flag brought our country together, and for that I think we should all be grateful!

  • Tracy W

    Ur awesome! Nice video
    12/07/2017 12:39:20 AM

  • Abhi

    good luck and awesome work.
    07/07/2017 11:00:29 PM

  • Akshara

    Great job Isla!You did an amazing job.You should win
    07/07/2017 10:52:07 PM

  • Florence Sadlowski

    Good work!
    06/07/2017 10:29:49 AM

  • Jenn Ortmann

    Awesome!! You go girl!!
    06/07/2017 10:26:26 AM

  • GHolt

    Wonderful in every way. Proud of you.
    05/07/2017 11:39:48 PM

  • Adam Smith

    great job isla!! you did amazing and should be proud
    05/07/2017 8:20:58 PM

  • Cheryl Nixon

    Thanks Isla for all of the information- lots that I didn't know
    27/06/2017 8:32:45 AM

  • Michael Stanford

    Well babe, what more could a father say than I'm very proud of you! You always strive for the best and this time it really shows!
    26/06/2017 10:33:09 PM

  • Macintyre stanford

    You are awesome I liked your video
    25/06/2017 3:26:08 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.