What Is The Official Motto Of Canada?

What Is The Official Motto Of Canada? / Drawing, picture, image / MapleDude.Ca

The official motto of Canada is:

From sea to sea

This phrase comes from Latin Vulgate in Bible and originally sounds:

“A Mari Usque Ad Mare”

Here is this quote with translation from King James Bible:

“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth”

The word “Dominion” in Bible’s quote is important because in the Colonial Conference of 1907 self-governing colonies Canada and Australia was refereed as Dominions for the first time. The status of Dominion was somewhere between a dependent colony and a sovereign state, therefore being a Dominion meant a higher status in British Colony Empire. This motto was also connected to building Canadian Pacific Railway, which goes from one coast on the east to another on the west.

Today phrase “From sea to sea” in written on the official Coat of Arms of Canada, Canadian passports and other federal government proclamations.

Canadian Coat of Arms was redesigned in 1921, but this motto was included by king George V and Order in Council a bit later (April 21, 1921). The initial idea of using such motto belongs to Joseph Pope.

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How Canada Got Its Name?

How Does Canada Got Its Name

How should we name this country?

So, how Canada got its name? What is “Canada”?

Elders gathered together, they threw all the letters of the alphabet in a jar and called them out as they got them out:

“C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?”

There you go!

All jokes aside, “Canada” is a word in Iroquoian language (a native north american tribe, one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas). This word (kanata) simply means a “settlement”, “village” or “land”. Canada called liked that since 16th sentry, when French establish their first colony there.

As you might know a lot of North American places (cities, towns, villages, provinces, states) called like they are because First Nations called these lands accordingly or because a specific Indian tribe lived there.

Why Are Canadians Afraid Of The Dark?

Why are Canadians afraid of the dark

A light bulb will save ya, brother

So why are Canadians afraid of the darkness?

Are they afraid of it though?

This is a common joke and a stereotype about Canadians spread by certain TV shows and sitcoms like “How I Met Your Mother“.

The joke goes something like that:

  • How many Canadians does it take to change a light bulb?
  • None, they don’t change light bulbs. They accept them the way they are.

There are no reasonable evidence or explanations of such fear, the only source of it is “How I Met Your Mother” show where Robin and Canadians in a bar were trolled by Americans.

With all that in mind people keep asking such questions and spreading this stereotype even further, some even came up with the answer.

For instance it is sometimes explained by geography. Canada is a northern country, therefore the day length is shorter that in other places (longer night time). So… So this doesn’t make any sense if you think about it. If this was a factor, it should be the opposite, Canadians should feel comfortable to live in darkness with almost no sunlight. Also if this was true, other cold countries like Sweden, Norway or Finland should have the same thing among their people, but they don’t.

In general many people all around the world are afraid of night and darkness, this is natural. We all prefer sun because sun gives life, sun was a god in many ancient religions, moon and darkness were an evil force.

Even if you recall Game Of Thrones you can think of a quote:

The night is dark and full of terrors

Which just shows the same old way to feel about night and day in many cultures and countries. It is not a Canadian thing, it is universal. In conclusion, there is no special connection between Canadians and darkness.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese And Canadians

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Looks yummy? If so – you are probably a Canadian

A fun fact about Kraft Mac & Cheese (Macaroni and Cheese), a fast food popular in United States and Canada. Canadians consume a crazy amount of this food. According to Book by Kitty Shea – Teens in Canada (2008), Canadians buy 1.7 million boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese every week and total world sales are 7 million boxes.

Canadians purchase about 25% of total world’s production of this food.

Kraft Mac & Cheese made of natural ingredients made in Canada and USA. it is packaged in Quebec with Canadian wheat and milk.

Why this cheap food is very successful especially in Canada and it is even called de facto national dish? Even former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said that it is his favorite dish, Stephen Harper mentioned that he cooks it for his kids as well.

A good explanation gives Canadian novelist and artist Douglas Coupland:

Cheese plays a weirdly large dietary role in the lives of Canadians, who have a more intimate and intense relationship with Kraft food products than the citizens of any other country. This is not a shameless product plug — for some reason, Canadians and Kraft products have bonded the way Australians have bonded with Marmite, or the English with Heinz baked beans. In particular, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, known simply as Kraft Dinner, is the biggie, probably because it so precisely laser-targets the favored Canadian food groups: fat, sugar, starch and salt.

Mac & Cheese is easy to cook, simple, affordable, delicious, it is sold all around the country and it is good with beer. What’s not to like?

p.s.

Kraft Dinner is a frequent staple of Canadian university student diets, particularly those in heavy debt.

Canadian Bigfoot

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[narrating documentary on Bigfoot] Sightings come mostly from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada where he is known as Big 0.3048 meters.

Terry F ‏@daemonic3

A Bigfoot (or Sasquatch) is a part of North American folklore. He is a hairy, upright-walking creature looking like an ape. Crazy people often report seeing him in the wilderness of Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and British Columbia).