The Creation of the National Flag National Historic Event

A document that explains the creation of the flag of Canada
The Proclamation of the Canadian Flag
© Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-253-1

The Creation of the National Flag was designated a national historic event in 2014.

Commemorative plaque: Not yet installedFootnote 1

The Creation of the National Flag

Near here, on Parliament Hill on February 15, 1965, our flag was first raised. Its creation had stirred passionate debates about Canadian identity. Many wanted to retain previous flags that honoured Canada’s ties to Britain; others sought a uniquely Canadian symbol. An all-party parliamentary committee reviewed thousands of options in choosing the simple and modern design that became our national flag. With red and white to pay tribute to British and French heritage, the distinctive maple leaf represents Canadians of all cultures and regions. Recognized worldwide, our flag symbolizes Canadian sovereignty and citizenship, here and abroad.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
English plaque inscription

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