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Canada Day


Culture : je découvre la civilisation des pays anglophones.
Parler en continu : je prends la parole pour raconter, décrire, expliquer.

Did you know?

Canada Day, celebrated on July 1st, is Canada's national day. It commemorates the country's independence with the creation of the Canadian federal government by the British North America Act. Other countries in the world celebrate their independence such as Kenya (Jamhuri Day) or Chile (Fiestas Patrias). Do you know other famous Independence Days?

Canadian Red Ensign Flag

Canadian flag












Look at the first flag, name as many elements as you can. Why are there symbols from another country?

Look at the second flag, find its 2 nicknames (one in English and one in French). Why were these nicknames chosen?

Match these symbols of Canada with the right noun.

    Ice Hockey: national sport.
    Maple leaf tartan: designed in 1964 to be worn by Canadians as a symbol of national pride. It represents the different colours of the maple leaves through the seasons.
    Inuksuk: figure made of piled stones used to communicate throughout the Arctic.
    Beaver: symbol of the sovereignty of Canada.
    Maple leaf: maple trees served as an important food source to Canadian aboriginal people.

    Draw a new Canadian Flag using some elements from the game.

    Celebrating Canada Day

    On July 1st, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1st has been officially known as Canada Day.

    In many towns and cities, municipal governments organize a range of events, often outdoors. These include pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals, festivals, firework displays and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadian citizens. The celebrations often have a patriotic mood. Canada's national flag is widely displayed and a lot of people paint their faces red and white, which are Canada's national colors. The celebrations in Ottawa, which is Canada's capital city, are particularly exuberant.

    In the province of Quebec, many home leases start on July 1st and last for exactly one year. Hence, many people in Quebec spend Canada Day moving their possessions from one house to another. In this province, Canada Day is also known as Moving Day! [...]

    "Canada Day in Canada",


    What happened in 1867? How was “Canada Day” called before 1983?

    How do people celebrate it? Which event do you prefer?

    Why is Canada Day also called “Moving Day”?

    Justin Trudeau


    Who is Justin Trudeau? Why is he delivering this speech?

    In 2016, how many years of independance was Canada celebrating?

    What made and is still making the unity of the country?

    Find more information about Justin Trudeau and answer the questions.

    1. Before becoming a politician, Just Trudeau was a high school teacher.  (Right / Wrong).
    2. Justin Trudeau spent the morning after his election win thanking Canadians at:  (Bus stops in Toronto / Metro stations in Montreal).
    3. How does Justin Trudeau support bilingualism in Canada?  (He delivers speeches and answers questions in French / He wants people to ask questions only in French).

    Happy Canada Day!

    Happy Canada Day!


    For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, you're asked to present a photo-collage celebrating Canadians in a “Canada Day Challenge” #Canada150. Can you be the best?

    How far can you go?

    A2 I can describe my picture with some symbols of the country.
    A2+ I can explain some elements related to Canadian history.
    B1 I can defend my choices and promote Canadian culture.
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