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Canada: A National Perspective
Transcript of Canada: A National Perspective
When we think of Canada, what comes to mind?
"Our Home and Native Land"
found in the northern part of N. America
extends from the at Atlantic to the Pacific and northern to the Arctic
July 1st, 1867
Officially become a country with four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, & New Brunswick
What characteristics of our country set us aside from the rest of the world?
Canada: Learning the Basics
As we begin the course we will cover Canada starting with the basics:
system of government
What does our country consist of?
Political Map of Canada
Feel bad about
your mental map?
Canada: Flag and Coat of Arms
Adopted as the national flag on February 15, 1965
Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson
Union Jack served as the flag of Canada from 1867 to 1965
Why the Union Jack?
Canadian Coat of Arms
Royal Coat of Arms
Adopted since 1921
Modelled after the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Contains symbols distinct to Canada
A Mari Usque Ad Mare"
'From Sea to Sea'
anada: Anthem and Royal Anthem
Commissioned in 1880 in Quebec by Theodore Robataille
Lyrics orginally created in French; English lyrics followed in 1906
Music: Calixa Lavallé Lyrics: Adolphe-Basile Routhier
"God Save the Queen"
Royal Anthem of Canada
Common Wealth Realms
National anthem of the United Kingdom and some British overseas territories
Sung in Canada since the late 1700s
Canada: System of Government
Federal parliamentary democracy
Constitution Act 1867
Parliament of Canada consists of 3 levels: Crown, Senate, and House of Commons
Constitutional Monarchy: Authority is vested formally in the Queen through the Constitution
Common Wealth Realm
Federal, Provincial, and Municipal
Queen Elizabeth II
Canada: National Capital
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
45.4214° N, 75.6919° W
House of Commons
Canada: Official Languages
English & French
37th largest country in the world by population
Majority of the population is located in the southern region of the country; close to the US border
Most of the country is uninhabited
2nd largest country in the world by area
population density 3.55 pp/km squared