Canadian Symbols at Parliament
How to Use This Resource
The following activities serve to reinforce the knowledge that students are acquiring about the symbols at Canada's Parliament.
Lest We Forget
Many animals helped soldiers in World Wars I and II: reindeer, pack horses, mules, carrier pigeons and dogs. Some animals played different roles and were mascots. Research the "Tunnelers' Friends" and learn about the roles of these animals.
Read about and research the following animals that were symbols and heroes to their military friends:
First World War
- A black bear cub named "Winnipeg" (“Winnie”) became the mascot of army surgeon Captain Harry Colebourn's regiment, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Winnie was later immortalized in a series of children's books and is the subject of a Historica Minute.
Second World War
- A Newfoundland dog, "Gander," mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada, was credited with saving the lives of Canadian soldiers during the defence of Hong Kong, as he twice halted the enemy's advance and protected groups of wounded soldiers. He was killed in action while gathering a grenade, saving many more lives. Gander was posthumously awarded the Dickin Medal, popularly known as the animals' Victoria Cross. Gander was the first Canadian dog to be awarded the medal for heroism.
See Tales of Animals in War by Veterans Affairs Canada for a complete resource on this topic.
Canadians work in many fields related to natural resources. Explore some of these different jobs:
Canada's Coat of Arms
Learn about the symbols that make up the Canadian coat of arms.
Who or What am I?
Review the plants, animals and people that are found at Parliament by completing this fill-in-the-blank exercise.
Floral Emblem Colouring Sheets
Learn about the beauty, facts and history of Canada's provincial and territorial flowers.
Using these questions, discuss the importance and splendour of the Parliament Buildings with your students.