Canadian Symbols at Parliament
How to Use This Resource
The Parliament Buildings and the capital city of Ottawa are in themselves national symbols representing the concepts of government, decision-making, law-making and democracy. Within the walls of Parliament are more symbols that reflect the building of the country from its Aboriginal beginnings to European colonialism and Confederation. The woodcarvings, stone sculptures, bronze, ironwork and architecture of Parliament showcase important historic symbols that tell the story of Canada's people and the development of the nation, using important symbols of Canadian heritage, flora and fauna.
- be introduced to the concept of symbols
- become familiar with some of the national, provincial and territorial symbols of Canada
- learn about Canadian history, traditions and cultural influences
- develop an awareness of the architectural beauty of Parliament
- exercise skills in interpreting symbols and communicating ideas