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It's Canada Day! Let's Bead


2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation! In honor of the day, the John Bead Corp has commissioned a special beaded bead that I'm sure our Canadian readers will be proud to make and wear. 

But what is Canada Day, anyway? We turned to our friends at Chase's Calendar of Events, The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months, to get more information. Chase's is an annual reference book that you can use to find out what's going on any day of the year, anywhere across the globe!

From Chase's

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On July 1, 1867, the British colonies New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada united to create a new independent nation: the Dominion of Canada. 

In the mid-1800s, the individual British colonies that comprised the land that is now Canada began discussing the possibility of uniting into one colony or country. There was a growing fear that the post–Civil War United States wanted to annex them, and Britain was also encouraging the colonies to become more self-sufficient.

Discussions between the leaders of the different provinces began in 1864. Those men, later known as the Fathers of Confederation, envisioned a federal union that was self-governing, but preserved ties with Great Britain and allowed for the future admission of other provinces.

Over the next two years, the colonies voted to unite as one country. Delegates from each colony traveled to London where the British government approved their request and made Canada a federally united, independent dominion of the United Kingdom. The provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick officially became the first four provinces in the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. (The remaining colonies joined later: Manitoba in 1870, British Columbia in 1871, Prince Edward Island in 1873, Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905 and Newfoundland in 1949.)

In celebration of the sesquicentennial, Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage has created the Canada 150 Fund to support community celebrations throughout the country. In addition to many regional and local events throughout 2017, they are funding several Pan-Canadian Signature Projects:

  •  A national concert series called Canada Mosaic showcases the music of past and present artists who have influenced Canada’s musical legacy. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with more than 36 other orchestras to bring the concert to communities throughout Canada.
  • The SESQUI Dome Experience is a traveling, interactive exhibit that uses cutting-edge immersion technology to fully engage visitors in Canadian culture and innovation. The live dome experience includes 360-degree cinema, interactive content and more.
  • The Rendez-vous 2017: Tall Ships Regatta commemorates the importance of the St. Lawrence River throughout Canada’s history. A fleet of 40 tall ships sails to ports around Canada during the summer, and the entire fleet of 40 ships docks at Quebec City from July 18–23.

For more information about Canada Day or other celebrations and activities, visit the Department of Canadian Heritage!

And of course, MAKE THE BEADED BEAD! Learn more about how designer Debra Schwartz refused to be compensated for her lovely creation, but instead insisted that the pattern be shared for free with all beaders worldwide. What a lovely gesture to her fellow countrymen!

Prefer to go directly to the pattern? You can find a downloadable PDF with instructions suitable for both beginner and intermediate beaders. 

Happy birthday, Canada!
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