Canada just had another birthday and this year I’m pausing for a moment to recognize just how gracefully she presents herself. Our flag is unique, beautiful and is able to slip in and out of various personas without much of a hiccup or a stutter. Combining simple imagery or bars in the pursuit of a national symbol is no easy feat and it still perplexes me how practical and symbolic our flag is.
A rather brief history
Under royal decree of King George V our colours became a stalwart and simple red and white. This provided the basis for our older flag featuring the Union Jack and our coat of arms but still heavily leaned upon the relationship towards England. Imagery had been passed around Canada with the beaver being our national symbol but upon requiring a more simplified and iconic our French colonial roots and our maple-trade were searched. Just as it were back upon its inception, the maple leaf remained a symbol and made its way into our nations history as an official flag piece in 1964 granting us our flag today. A maple leaf cradled by a field of white guarded by the red bars of Britannia. Read more →