Doodles Ave

Canada Day

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doodles-ave-canada-squirrelHappy Canada Day! On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens. Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917. In 1946, a bill was put forth to rename Dominion Day, but arguments in the House of Commons over what to call the holiday stalled the bill.

The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations really began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day (Fête du Canada), the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.

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Author: doodlesave

Setria James was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University, where she earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a Masters of Art. During her graduate studies, Setria explored the effects of imagery on children and their development. It was this research that brought her to “Doodles Ave”; A place where teachers and parents can go to locate coloring related learning resources.

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