Although Canada Day is more than five months away, planning for the annual July 1 celebration is well underway across the country.
The celebrations on Canada Day have become a tradition, providing Canadians the opportunity to share their pride in their country.
The office of the minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages is responsible for administering a program called “Celebrate Canada.”
National events for this 11-day celebration begin on June 21 with National Aboriginal Day, continue with Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, move onto Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and then culminate with Canada Day on July 1.
The success of these celebrations is due, in great part, to the efforts of the volunteer members of the “Celebrate Canada” committees—one in each province and territory—and to the local councils and organizations that contribute to the various celebrations.
The “Celebrate Canada” website, however, urges all Canadians to “Take advantage of ‘Celebrate Canada’ activities to get together in your communities, to discover and appreciate the wealth and diversity of Canadian society, and show your love of Canada and your pride in being Canadian!”
One way district students can contribute to this year’s celebration is by taking part in the annual “Canada Day Poster Challenge.”
Students aged five-18 are invited to design a theme-based poster that illustrates their pride in Canada and in being Canadian. This year’s theme is “With Glowing Hearts!”
The grand prize for the national winner of this year’s challenge will be an all-inclusive trip of a lifetime to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games! Imagine the excitement of attending the opening ceremony as the world turns its attention to our nation in 2010!
The winning entry also will become the official poster for “Celebrate Canada,” and be seen across Canada during all “Celebrate Canada” activities.
In addition, the 13 provincial and territorial finalists each will win a trip to Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill.
The Canadian Children’s Museum, which is part of the Canadian Museum of Civilization across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Que., will exhibit the artwork of all 13 provincial and territorial finalists from June to September.
Teachers interested in entering their students’ work in this year’s challenge can find ideas, learning resources, games, and activities on the Canadian Heritage website.
It also contains examples of previous winners and finalists, as well as a printable entry form and a complete set of rules.
Entries must be marked “Canada Day Poster Challenge 2009” and be postmarked before midnight on Feb. 28.
Ontario entries must be sent to: Celebrate Canada Program c/o Canadian Heritage, 150 John St., Suite 400 Toronto, Ont., M5V 3T6.
For more information, visit www.posterchallenge.pch.gc.ca