“National flags that display a leaf or a tree are extremely rare, such as Lebanon with cedar or Canada with maple. Such a flag immediately stands out. Young Canadians (and not so young) know this well, so many of them travel with a maple leaf prominently on their backpacks. ”

Source: Huffington Post

Upcoming activities will provide students with opportunities to hone their knowledge of the maple leaf, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Appreciate the Canadian flags proposed in 1964;
- Discover the history of the Canadian flag;
- Describe the circumstances surrounding the arrival of the maple leaf;
- Take part in the project Share your moment with the flag !;
- Design the future Canadian flag.

Suggested activities

ACTIVITY 1: 50 years of the Canadian flag

First, introduce this reportage so that the students have an overview of the activities offered in connection with the 50 years of the Maple Leaf (Canadian flag).

Continue the activity by listening to this podcast which recaps the headline. Distribute the following listening grid to students so that they can keep track of their new discoveries.

ACTIVITY 2: History of the current flag

Offer this activity to the students so that they can practice appreciating works and try to interpret the symbols conveyed in them. Display them 142 flags proposed by Canadians in 1964 and quickly browse the image gallery.
Take advantage of this moment to give your interpretation of certain drawings and try to describe as accurately as possible the message that the artist wanted to convey in the development of his flag.

Distribute the following assessment grid to the students so that they can exercise their critical thinking by answering the various questions.

ACTIVITY 3: Share your moment with the flag!

Read the content posted on this page of the Government of Canada as part of the festivities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the flag of Canada.

“Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada by participating in the Challenge. Share your moment with the flag on social media. This challenge offers us a great opportunity, as Canadians, to honor the national flag of Canada, a symbol recognized and respected around the world and an invaluable source of pride. ”

Source: Government of Canada

How to participate? Take a photo or make a video. Share it.

• Take a photo or video of yourself and the flag.
• Share it on social media using the hashtag #D Drapeau50.

For further

Have a matching game made of the national flags of the provinces of Canada. Use the data provided on the website of Government of Canada Or on Wikipedia.
Do not limit yourself to associations of the name of the province and its emblem, instead use the dates of creation, the name of the creator, etc.

More about the magazine

The maple leaf will celebrate its 50th without much noise
Journal Metro, January 15, 2015

National Flag of Canada Day
Government of Canada official site

Human flag in Toronto for 50 years of the Maple Leaf
Radio-Canada, February 13, 2015


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