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Original: watercolour; no address; n.d. No description given

Original: construction paper; no address; n.d. No description given

Original: pencil and wax crayon; Alberta, 20 May 1964

In [this] design, Canada reaches across the continent from ocean to Ocean, symbolized by the blue ends of the flag. The red represents the natural resources of Canada and the white circle represents the people of Canada and all their activities, including Government and, for a sentimental emblem, if the white circle was made to symbolize a compass as a true guide for political mariners in guiding the ship of state, the flag design would then symbolize Canada to all the world and at the same time be appropriately distinctive.

Original: wax crayon; Alberta, 31 October 1964

Background consists of three vertical areas as in Fleur de lis to honour the French; the Union Jack to represent the British. Two maple leaves: Ontario & Quebec, ie. the two language groups of Canada as recognized by the Canadian Parliament.

Originals: watercolour; Alberta, 16 November 1964

We cannot drag in heritage from the Indians, French, English or any other previous or present rulers of Canada. We must create something based on true Canadian principles otherwise we will be in constant disagreement....Even if [this design] is not adopted, it will direct Canadians to a different way of thinking about the Canadian on the sides and green in the centre [symbolizes] green land between two oceans. A formation of ten white cranes flying over the land to symbolize the ten provinces of Canada. Let us make a change in this most peace needed era, and use harmless cranes [rather than a lion or an eagle] and use white ones as...white is the colour of peace. It would signify Canadian activiiities in the international field of peace....Put in the blue parts two ships....If old sailing ships were used they would represent early explorers....If modern ocean liners were used they would represent...Canadian intercontinental communication and trade.

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