Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hope Restored: New Brunswick's Flag Turns 50

February 24 marks the 50th anniversary of New Brunswick’s flag.  This historic semicentennial follows less than two weeks behind the adoption of Canada’s national flag.  Unlike in Ottawa’s House of Commons, however, where the flag debate spiralled down in some instances to accusations of political partisanship and linguistic slurs, the development of New Brunswick’s flag took on far less controversial tones.

This is because New Brunswick had already been assigned armorial bearings by Queen Victoria in 1868; a design that was to "…be borne for the said respective Provinces on seals, shields, banners, flags or otherwise, according to the laws of arms."[1]

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Canadian Flag: a Brief History

By Katlin Davey,
UNB Arts 3000 
Public History Intern

The story of the birth of the Canadian flag is a unique one. As we approach the 50th anniversary, it is important to reflect upon the events of 1965, since a national flag contributes to the making of a national identity. For Canadians without a memory of the Red Ensign, it is hard to imagine a Canada that was not shaped by the Maple Leaf. Adopting a new Canadian flag, however, was no easy mission. Many Canadians supported moving forward with a new flag, while many did not. The process to develop a new national flag began in early 1964, and on February 15th 1965 a new Canada was born.

Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson was a strong supporter of the development of a new national flag. While the Red Ensign had served the purpose of a national flag for many years, he believed that Canada had matured as a country and so needed to be redefined as well as reunited. Prime Minister Pearson understood that the creation of a new flag should be a bipartisan effort, so a bipartisan committee was created. As a result, a call for open submissions was issued, and people from all over Canada submitted their ideas about what the new national flag should look like. Over 3000 designs were submitted, and of these over 2000 contained a maple leaf. Eventually the committee narrowed down the selection to just three.

Friday, November 28, 2014

New Brunswick Heritage Fairs 2015

As in past years, a Regional Heritage Fair will be taking place within your school district during April-May.

If your school would like to participate in New Brunswick’s Heritage Fair program, please complete the attached response sheet and return it to this email address: heritage.fairs@gnb.ca  By December 2.

More information concerning Heritage Fairs can also be found on our website.

Thank you - and best wishes for another successful school year!

Hope Restored Announced as Theme for Heritage Week 2015

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The theme for Heritage Week 2015 will be Hope Restored in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Canada’s national flag, as well as the 50th anniversary of New Brunswick’s provincial flag.

Hope Restored is the English translation of New Brunswick’s motto, Spem Reduxit.

New Brunswickers are encouraged to reflect upon the stories that have shaped the province and its collective heritage during Heritage Week 2015, Feb. 9 – 16.

The provincial flag was designed by Robert Pichette and Lt.-Cmdr. Alan J. Beddoe and adopted by proclamation on Feb. 24, 1965. The symbols depicted on the flag are taken from the Coat of Arms assigned by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria on May 26, 1868.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two New Brunswick students selected to attend National Youth History Forum

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Two New Brunswick students have been selected by Canada’s National History Society to attend the National Youth History Forum taking place in Ottawa from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

They were selected from among a national group of competitors who each developed a short video documentary for the Young Citizens program following their participation in their school districts’ Regional Heritage Fairs. They are:
“New Brunswick is home to a multitude of stories that contribute to our provincial identity,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser. “These stories deserve to be told and our youth can play a tremendous role in sharing them with New Brunswickers and other Canadians. I congratulate these two students on their achievement, which is a reflection of the commitment they have shown to preserving our shared past.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mark Your Calendars! Heritage Week and Heritage Fairs 2015

New Brunswick Heritage Week 2015, February 9 – 16:
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag, as well as our Provincial flag,
New Brunswick has adopted the theme of Hope Restored – Spem Reduxit – L’espoir renaît for Heritage Week 2015.

The dates for Heritage Week 2015 in New Brunswick are February 9 -16; which also includes Black History month, National Flag of Canada Day (February 15) and National Heritage Day (February 16).

The goal for Heritage Week is to provide New Brunswickers with opportunities to celebrate their past at local levels. This year, in recognition of our national and provincial flags, all interested community organizations, individuals, schools, museums, libraries, archives, seniors centres, and historic sites, are invited to reflect upon these two important symbols in our collective past. Now is the time to begin planning for Heritage Week 2015!

To assist with these activities, Heritage Week 2015 promotion kits will be available mid-December. Individuals and groups wishing to order a kit may contact Heritage Branch, in the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, by telephone, 506-453-2324, or by e-mail, heritage.week@gnb.ca.

More information will also be available (very soon) on the Heritage Week 2015 web site.

New Brunswick Heritage Fairs 2015:
As in past years, a Regional Heritage Fair will be taking place within your school district during late April-May.

If your school would like to participate in New Brunswick’s Heritage Fair program, please complete the attached response sheet and return it to this email address: heritage.fairs@gnb.ca  

More information concerning Heritage Fairs (and events from 2014) can also be found on our website.

Thank you - and best wishes for another successful school year!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Canada's History : 10 Books to Teach Aboriginal History

Inspired by Dr. Timothy Winegard's presentation about teaching Aboriginal history at the University of Winnipeg’s Summer Teaching Institute in July 2014.

Grade school: 

  • Lydia’s Dabcovich’s The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale
  • Forrest Carter’s The Education of Little Tree

High school: 

  • Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, 
  • Guy St. Denis’ Tecumseh’s Bones
  • J.R Miller’s Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada, 4th edition,
  • Waiser and Stonechild’s Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion
  • Timothy C. Winegard’s For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War,
  • Charles C. Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
  • Thomas King’s The inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
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