February 15, 1965 – Canada Adopts Maple Leaf Flag

CPARCHIVEPHOTO PUBLIC NO ARCHIVES STOCK----A Canadian flag flies in a strong Chinook wind against a dark storm cloud sky in Calgary, Alberta. (CP PHOTO/Larry MacDougal)

In accordance with a formal proclamation by Queen Elizabeth II of England, a new Canadian national flag is raised above Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

Beginning in 1610, Lower Canada, a new British colony, flew Great Britain’s Union Jack, or Royal Union Flag. In 1763, as a result of the French and Indian Wars, France lost its sizable colonial possessions in Canada, and the Union Jack flew all across the wide territory of Canada. In 1867, the Dominion of Canada was established as a self-governing federation within the British Empire, and three years later a new flag, the Canadian Red Ensign, was adopted. The Red Ensign was a solid red flag with the Union Jack occupying the upper-left corner and a crest situated in the right portion of the flag.

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