WHITBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 12, 2015) - Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has awarded $127,000 to the Hometown Music Council in support of its project "Flag of Canada - Hometown Proud." The program involves uniting the voices of more than 25,000 Canadian children and raising awareness of the flag's history.

Pat Perkins, Member of Parliament (Whitby-Oshawa), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The funding will go toward developing a primary education program to educate students on the history of Canada's national flag and toward making a recording of "O Canada." Around 25,000 students from 82 schools in 40 cities across Canada will participate in the recording and learn the history of one of Canada's greatest symbols.
  • The National Flag of Canada was officially adopted on February 15, 1965. Since then, it has become a powerful symbol of our great country and a source of inspiration and pride for us all.
  • The Hometown Music Council is a not-for-profit organization made up of community members, music professionals and business leaders who are dedicated to culture and promote music appreciation in Canada.


"As we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017, celebrations like the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada demonstrate what we have accomplished together. Several activities are specifically aimed at young people, because they are an important part of our lives and our society. They are our future. Together with our children, we need to remember our past and look toward the future."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Activities like this help our young people to discover their history and to play an active role in celebrating the 50th birthday of Canada's flag. Our Government is proud to be involved in such a project, which encourages Canadians, from coast to coast to coast, to express their pride in the flag in an original way."

-Pat Perkins, Member of Parliament (Whitby-Oshawa)

"We are excited to see the 'Flag of Canada - Hometown Proud' program, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the flag of Canada, come to life thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage. We encourage students and their families from across the country to participate on the recording tour, tackle a project through the lesson plans and post their art, poetry and pictures to the online galleries at www.flagofcanada.ca, creating a little bit of history for Canadians of all ages for generations to come."

-Rob Hanson, Executive Director, Hometown Music Council

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50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada

National Flag of Canada Day

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Marisa Monnin
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