Canada’s Most Significant Identity Symbol is..

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What does it mean to be Canadian? What do we identify ourselves with? What symbol do you think of when you think Canada? These are the questions that were posed to our class and created discussion. Read what my students think is Canada’s most significant identity symbol below. Feel free to agree or disagree with their thinking!

16 thoughts on “Canada’s Most Significant Identity Symbol is..

    Autumn said:
    October 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

    THE POPPY
    The poppy is a symbol of Canada because, in November people hand out fake poppies for Remembrance Day to symbolize our fallen soldiers. The poppy is also a symbol of Canada because, it symbolizes fallen soldiers. It grows on their graves in Flanders fields. It also symbolizes John McCrae because he wrote a poem about Flanders fields because that is where all the soldiers died and poppies lie and grow on their graves.

      Blade said:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thank you for your comment, Autumn. I really enjoyed your post as well!

    Blade said:
    October 27, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Canadian Flag
    When I think of Canada, I think of the Canadian flag as a significant symbol. I think the Canadian flag is a significant symbol because it is a symbol of unity. Everyone in Canada respects each other. We all speak different languages in Canada and accept all cultures. Also, there are many different races of people that live in Canada. Secondly, the flag represents safety. It represents safety because there is free health care for all Canadian citizens. We have free education until university. Also, police officers and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) help make the country and its citizens feel safe. Lastly, the flag is a symbol of kindness because the soldiers in the army are kind and are protecting our beautiful country. The people of Canada are also kind and welcoming and say “hello” to one another. As Canadians, we also raise money for cancer research and other research and charities.

      Autumn said:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I really like your work Blade because it was really detailed and really long

    Connor and Dylan said:
    October 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

    HOCKEY
    By Dylan and Connor
    We think that hockey is part of Canada’s identity because we hosted the first official ice hockey game in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 50% of the players in the NHL are Canadians. Plus, we are known for our super hockey SKILLS. Our Olympic hockey team is the best out there with 9 GOLD Medals, 4 sliver, 2 Bronze. Hockey is our unofficial sport. This shows that Canada’s (official) symbol must be Hockey.

      Blade said:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I agree because I think that is true. Canadians have won that many medals – that is true.

    Keira,Sylvia, Jorja said:
    October 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

    THE BEAVER, THE NATIONAL SYMBOL OF CANADA
    Do you ever wonder why the beaver is on the Canadian nickel? Well, there are many reasons, but only one really important reason why the beaver is on Canada’s Nickel. This is because they are Canada’s National Animal. Why is the beaver our national animal? This reason is that in the late 1600’s to the early 1700’s, we, (Canadians), used beaver pelts to make hats. The hats we made of beaver pelts were traded with the French citizens. The value of our beaver pelt hats increased so much that after a while, they were 20 times more valuable than they were when they started selling. The beaver hats were the foundation for Canada’s funds in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s. If it wasn’t for the beavers, Canada wouldn’t have as much money and value as we do today. Therefore, if we never had beavers, we might not have as great of a country as we have today.
    Did you know, that in the Canada’s House of Commons, they have a beaver pelt rug because the beaver gave our country tons of money? This is because the beaver was so important to our country, that it made it into the House of Commons.
    This is why the beaver is the most important symbol of Canada.

      Chloe said:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

      We never knew that the beaver was so important to Canada! Next time add maybe more than one or two reasons why it’s so important, though.

      Blade said:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

      I like beavers. Your post was really cool to read.

    Chloe said:
    October 27, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Tim Horton’s

    This coffee company giant has been serving us Canadians the best coffee around for 50 years. Can you guess what we’re talking about? Tim Horton’s! The best coffee and doughnuts on this side of North America! Some may disagree, but we believe Tim’s is the most significant symbol of Canada because of these reasons below.
    We think Tim Horton’s is the most significant symbol of Canada because it was named after a famous hockey player named Miles Gilbert ‘’Tim’’ Horton. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Buffalo Sabres. He was the co-founder of the company, with Ron Joyce as the founder. Tim Horton died an early death in a car accident in 1974. His memory lives on with every cup of his coffee Canadians drink.

    Another reason why Tim Horton’s is a symbol of Canada is because it was the reason why Canada now has the Timbits Sports Program for younger children aged 4 to 8 years old. Tim Horton’s has sponsored over 200 000 children to play hockey, soccer, t-ball, lacrosse, and baseball. The programs focus is to help kids have fun and be kids, rather than being focused on winning or losing. The program is available in some parts of the U.S., and available almost everywhere in Canada.

    Finally, the last reason why Tim’s is important to Canada and its identity is because Tim Horton’s has Smile Week once every year. Smile Week is when Tim Horton’s gives out chocolate chunk cookies with blue and pink smiles on them. For every cookie you purchase, all the proceeds go towards local charities. In 2014, so this year, Tim Horton’s raised $5.3 million dollars for more than 500 charities across Canada.

    As you can see from the arguments above, Tim Horton’s is the most significant symbol of Canada.

    By: Elyse, Cheryl, and Chloe

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Wow! This is what I call a good exposition. You certainly make some very convincing arguments. I must say, I do have an emotional attachment to Tim Horton’s as well. To me it makes me think hockey on Saturday mornings!

      Blade said:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Good job. I love Tim Hortons. Reading this makes me hungry!

    muftah said:
    October 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Polar bears. Canada is up in the north with snow, ice. That means there are polar bears could live.And Canada has more polar bears than the Artic 60% polar bears live in Canada than the Artic.And Canada is one of the countrys that has polar bear and finally there are coins that have polar bears on it. From Muftah, Jayvis.

    Lennox said:
    October 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    The class is arguing on what symbol , represents Canada the best. We think the symbol that represents Canada the best is the caribou.
    The first reason we think this is because we have a lot of caribou.
    We think this because the first nation’s tribes were starving and were going to die. They were forced to move from their camp because they used most of the resources around them. They moved to Canada where they found caribou and ate them!
    The second reason we think that the caribou best represents Canada is because we honor the past.
    The caribou was hunted by the first nation’s tribes before the white men stepped on what now is Canadian soil. Much like the bison out west, they made clothing from hide, weapons and tools from the bones and ate the meat. It is part of our heritage, and Canadians honor the past by protecting the caribou.
    The last reason is because the first nations told a story about a caribou that had no family and
    By: LENNOX AND Ervin

      Lucas, Josh and Logan said:
      October 27, 2014 at 10:27 am

      CN tower everyone knows where it is and what it looks like. It was the worlds tallest structure people know it and it is our top tourist attraction it was built by a rail road company.

    Jewel and Irelynn said:
    October 28, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Maple Leaf

    Why is the Canadian Maple Leaf an important symbol to Canada? Tourists from other countries ask this often, when they visit this beautiful country and children, like us, also ask this question when they look at our flag, hanging outside of our schools. People take for granted that it is just part of our history, and our country, but most people do not understand or know why.
    The maple tree has always had an important role in creation of Canada. Back in the 1700’s, the early Canadians used maple trees and maple leaves for warmth, light, shelter, food, identification to others, and ceremonies including funerals. Maple sap, is still a source of sugar for most Canadians, and is commonly known as Maple syrup. Maple syrup can be used on many food items including pancakes, biscuits, cookies, or as a flavour is frosting and barbeque sauce.
    Eventually, the maple leaf appeared to be on army badges, coins, equipment, and currency. In February of 1965 it became part of our national flag. Standing tall and proud, the red maple leaf represents our country, with two red bars, on each side to represent the East and West coastlines, on a white background.
    Our flag have waved in the air throughout many wars, as a beacon of hope for our soldiers, near and far. It has been held high, during sporting events, to show pride and hope for our teams, and has flown half mast, throughout our Country, when the people we have respected, have been killed. People from around the world, recognize our flag to represent peace keeping, and hope, from a country filled with many cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. For us as Canadians, our flag stands for freedom, pride and strength.

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