We are loving sharing some of what makes Canada special with you in celebration of #canada150! Let's take a walk back in history…
Nominated as one of the “Seven Wonders of Canada” [specifically the one that welcomes people to Rankin Inlet], the inukshuk (pronounced “inook-shook” adorns the flag of Nunavut, one of three Canadian Territories. Built of rocks in the likeness of man, one of the most recognized symbols of our Indigenous People, the inukshuk communicates direction, messages, and weather to arctic travellers. How incredible is it that in on of the harshest climates on Earth, people stopped to build inuksuit (plural) to help others on their path? Inuksuit have been found adjacent to archaeological sites dating from 2400 to 1800 BCE in the Mingo Lake region of southwest Baffin Island. To learn more about these incredible and iconic structures, please visit the Canadian Encyclopedia here.
With as many as 65 languages spoken by Indigenous People, the totem pole needs no words to tell its story. Carved into a large tree and painted by hand, each relays messages of family lines, important events, or legends. They are grand! Totem poles have become one of the key symbols for the Northwest Native people. Take a drive through Stanley Park in Vancouver and you'll see some beautiful totem poles that tell so many stories! Thank you to all our Indigenous People for sharing Turtle Island with us!
Let's get to some giveaways! This hour, along with the loonie and a toonie, we would love to offer this great book "The World Needs More Canada!" I received a copy of this book at a taping of CityLine's Canada 150 show (thank you @thetracymoore!) last week and it's an amazing tribute to Canada.
"The World Needs More Canada® is Indigo’s big, love-filled ‘birthday card’ to Canada from the great culture makers of our time. This one-of-a-kind coffee-table book features anecdotes, insights, and candid photography from an eclectic mix of over 100 storytellers and visionaries who have made their mark on the True North, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Drake, Margaret Atwood to Malcolm Gladwell.
Celebrate Canada with this exclusive collection of heartwarming, hilarious, and inspiring personal stories, photos, wishes, laughs, and dreams by Canadians for Canadians on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This beautifully designed coffee-table book gives readers an intimate and exclusive look into the lives of over 100 notable Canadians, and features nearly 100 gorgeous full-colour and black-and-white images."
For an opportunity to win this hour's prizes be sure to leave a comment below by July 7th and we will randomly select one lucky winner this hour to win them! After leaving your comment here we hope you'll take a moment to visit us on Facebook and Instagram (@sctmagazine) and leave a comment there as well for THREE chances to win! We'll be compiling all the comments each hour.
Next hour, it's all about sparkle and shine!
Fun Fact: Every Christmas, 1 million letters are addressed to Santa Claus at his own postal code: "H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada."