A team of nine writers spent several years painstakingly researching the flags flown by major Canadian cities as well as selected cities and towns representing Canada’s ten provinces and three territories. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, this book details the design, symbolism, and history of each flag in an authoritative and highly readable format. Published as Volume 18 of Raven: A Journal of Vexillology, this soft-cover volume of 252 pages is available to subscribers and for sale to the general public.
This volume covers flags from Abbotsford, BC, to Yellowknife, NT, from a hamlet of under 500 people (Carmacks) to a megacity of over 5 million (Toronto). It has articles on the flags of the 67 largest cities in Canada and five cities from each province and territory.
This work is a treasure trove of information on Canadian history and geography through the symbols on its civic flags. For example, many northern municipalities use symbols such as the Northern Lights, an Inuit hunter, or an inuksuk (an Inuit stone landmark). The flags often use the maple leaf, a beaver, or the distinctive “Canadian pale” (vertical stripes in 1:2:1 proportions, as on the national flag) to reference Canada.
Raven is produced annually as a scholarly journal by NAVA, the primary organization devoted to the scientific study of flags in Canada and the United States. NAVA has over 400 members. Information about NAVA and American City Flags can be found online at: http://www.nava.org.
Canadian City Flags fills a research niche not satisfied by other reference sources. Students from elementary grades through high school and university level will find information that will enhance projects and assignments prepared for their studies. Others will also find the contents equally valuable in other applications. See attached excerpt for the flag of Iqaluit, Nunavut. Through this book readers will learn of the civic pride reflected in the flags displayed throughout Canada.