Publisher: Between the Lines
Released: October 30, 2018
From Timbits to totem poles, Canada is boiled down to its syrupy core in symbolic forms that are reproduced not only on t-shirts, television, and tattoos but in classrooms, museums, and courtrooms too. They can be found in every home and in every public space. They come in many forms, from objects—like the red-uniformed Mountie, the maple leaf, and the beaver—to concepts—like public healthcare, peacekeeping, and saying “eh?”.
But where did these symbols come from, what do they mean, and how have their meanings changed over time? Symbols of Canadagives us the real and surprising truth behind the most iconic Canadian symbols revealing their contentious and often contested histories.
With nearly 200 images, this book thoroughly explores Canada’s true self while highlighting the unexpected twists and turns that have marked each symbol’s history.