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!

  • Kailey (Young Citizen)

    I really liked your video! It was interesting to learn about the history of Canada's flag.
    24/06/2017 9:37:20 AM

  • Charlee

    Wow Isla, this is amazing! So cool, hope you win!
    22/06/2017 5:57:08 PM

  • kalia wong

    great job and good luck!
    21/06/2017 6:10:19 PM

  • Tobie Smith

    Awesome Job!! So Proud of You!
    21/06/2017 4:06:56 AM

  • Tanzi Hoover

    Great work Isla!
    20/06/2017 12:54:42 PM

  • Grace Balangue

    Thanks Isla for taking this initiative. Its a great info we normally taken for granted. I can see that you are proud to be Canadian. We are, too. Good luck!
    20/06/2017 11:26:01 AM

  • Chris Gonsalvez

    Wow! Isla you are amazing. Great job!
    19/06/2017 11:18:37 PM

  • Kathy Kitt

    Awesome Job Isla
    19/06/2017 9:05:01 AM

  • Pam Ikeda

    Fantastic job Isla. It was both interesting and entertaining! You have my vote!!!!
    18/06/2017 11:11:15 PM

  • Cody Garner

    Amazing job, Isla! You do our school proud!!
    17/06/2017 4:45:15 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.