Symbols of the Canadian Government The Flag Arms of Canada Great Seal Maple Tree/Leaf The Beaver Canada’s Official Sports The National Anthem Canada’s Wordmark The House of Commons
The FlagThe national flag of Canada, also known as the Maple Leaf, is a red flag witha white square in its centre, featuring a red maple leaf with 11-points.The Maple Leaf flag became Canadas flag on 15 February 1965.
Arms of CanadaThe Arms of Canada is,since 1921, the official coatof arms of Canada. TheArms of Canada includeselements to representCanada such as the mapleleaves in the shield.
Great SealThe Great Seal of Canada isused on all state documents.The seal is made of speciallytempered steel, weighs 3.75kilograms and is 12.7centimetres in diameter.The seal bears the effigy ofQueen Elizabeth II, in herrobes, holding the orb andsceptre, and shows her sittingon the coronation chair.
Maple Tree/LeafTrees have played a meaningful role in thehistorical development of Canada and continueto be of commercial, environmental importanceto all Canadians. Maples contribute valuablewood products, sustain the maple sugar industryand help to beautify the landscape.Since 1965, the maple leaf has been thecentrepiece of the National Flag of Canada andthe maple tree bears the leaves that havebecome the most prominent Canadian symbol.Maple leaf pins and badges are proudly worn byCanadians abroad, and are recognized aroundthe world. Although the maple leaf is closelyassociated with Canada, the maple tree wasnever officially recognized as Canadas arborealemblem until 1996.
The BeaverIn 1600s and early 1700sbeavers were hunted to makefur hats, which needed beaverpelts. This was called the furtrade.There were an estimated sixmillion beavers in Canadabefore the start of the furtrade. But then beaversbecame in danger of beingwiped out.The beaver attained officialstatus as an emblem ofCanada on March 24, 1975.
Canadas OfficialSportsOne of Canadas official sports ishockey. Canada reasserted itselfas the worlds greatest hockeynation at the Salt Lake City 2002Winter Olympic Games whereboth the women and menshockey teams won the goldmedal.The other official sport of Canadais Lacrosse. Lacrosse has beenthe unofficial sport of Canadasince before Confederation,although popularity has lessenedsomewhat since then.
• O Canada! Our home andThe National native land, True patriotAnthem love in all thy sons O Canada is the national anthem of Canada. command! With glowing Calixa Lavallée wrote the hearts® we see thee rise music; Adolphe-Basile Routhier wrote the words in The True North strong and French. It was first sung in free, From far and wide, O French in 1880. Robert Stanley Canada, We stand on guard Weir wrote English words for the song in 1908. for thee. God keep our land It was sung as the national glorious and free! O anthem for many years before the government made it Canada, we stand on guard official in 1980. for thee; O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Canada’sWordmarkWhen Chris Hadfield wasfloating in space, working onthe multi-billion dollar spacestation construction program,the most visible word in hisuniverse was the federalgovernments "wordmark" -the big letters on theCanadarm spelling out C-a-n-a-d-a, with a stylized mapleleaf flag over the last "a."This symbol can be found inmany different places acrossCanada.
House ofCommonsThe House of Commons ofCanada is a part of theParliament of Canada. TheHouse of Commons is anelected body, of 308members.The House of Commonswas established in 1867.The Canadian House ofCommons is in the CentreBlock of the ParliamentBuildings on ParliamentHill, in Ottawa, Ontario.