Saturday, June 21, 2008

What will he think of next? And while you're at it why not include the NDP logo and the Ukrainian national flag and the .....?

Coat of Arms Ignores Aboriginal People, MP Says
Winipeg MP Pushes for Aboriginal Symbol to be Added to Canada's Coat of Arms
Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2008 11:10 AM CT
CBC News
Canada's coat of arms should include an aboriginal symbol for it to truly represent the country's history, Winnipeg Centre MP Pat Martin says.
The current national emblem has symbols representing England, Scotland, Ireland and France, but nothing to reflect the first residents of the country, Martin told CBC News Friday before introducing a motion asking Parliament to consider the idea.
"It looks more like the coat of arms for Narnia than for Canada," he said.
What really struck me, especially after the apology of residential schools last week, is that there's no reference, whatsoever, to the original peoples of Canada — the First Nations, Inuit or the Métis."
Even the addition of an eagle feather or a medicine wheel would help the coat of arms be more representative, he said.
A vote in Parliament is not required to change the coat of arms — the government could simply decide it is a good idea and do it, he said.
Aboriginal people could be consulted about it over the summer, he said
The coat of arms was last revised in 1994.
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantacy novels for children written by C.S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, The Chronicles of Narnia have been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, state and cinema. In addition to numerous traditional Christian themes, the series borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as, from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.
The Chronicles of Narnia present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the of fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil. Each of the books (with the exception of The Horse And His Boy ) features as its protagonists children from our world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon to help the lion Aslan handle a crisis in the world of Narnia.


Blogger g said...

I think it is a significant observation and long overdue for Canada to recognize that Aboriginal Peoples are founding peoples of Canada.

7:43 AM  

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