With the maple leaf flag celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, the Star visited Library and Archives Canada to take a peek at the flag submissions that didn’t make the cut. Every day this week, we’re sharing some of those with you.
In the early 1960s, Canadians were captivated by “the flag issue” — how best to represent the country with a new flag. Canadians by the thousands sent Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson their symbolic suggestions – beavers, maple leafs, and a fair supply of biblical images.
In Canada’s most recent census in 2011, 23.8 per cent of Canadians identified as having no religious affiliation. Back in 1961, only 0.5 per cent of Canadians ticked that box. It’s no surprise then, to see a great deal of religious symbolism – nearly all of it Christian – in the submissions.
Here are eight flag submissions that didn’t make it, but are notable for their use of religion: