B.C. Day is on August 3

B.C. Day is on Monday, August 3.
On this public holiday,
British Columbians relax with family and friends.
Many people travel on this long weekend
or camp and enjoy nature.

According to the United Nations,
“BC is the best place in the world to learn, live and play.”

A few facts about B.C.

1. Aboriginal people have lived in the area now known as B.C.
for more than 10,000 years.

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A dance at a Pow Wow in West Vancouver, B.C.
Photo by Nila Gopaul

2. A bill to begin a BC Day was first introduced in Parliament in 1974.

Flag of British Columbia.svgBC’s Provincial flag/Photo – Public Domain

3. B.C. is between the ocean and mountains.
The four wavy white and three wavy blue lines on the B.C. flag
symbolize the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific ocean.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
B.C. is Canada’s westernmost province.
On the flag, the sun is setting.

The Union Flag on top reflects B.C.’s British heritage.
The crown in the centre symbolizes the Canadian Royal Family.

4. B.C.’s provincial mammal is the Spirit Bear.
Click here to read our story on the Spirit Bear.

5. B.C.’s provincial flower is the Dogwood.
The dogwood is on the front page of The Westcoast Reader newspaper.

A dogwood flower Photo by Bruce McKay/CC, Flickr

The dogwood is a flower native to B.C.
Photo by Bruce McKay/CC, Flickr

6. The longest river in B.C. is the Fraser. It is 1,399 kilometres long.

Lillooet townsite and  the Fraser river  Photo by Colin J. McMechan/CC, Flickr

Lillooet townsite and the Fraser River
Photo by Colin J. McMechan/CC, Flickr

7. B.C. occupies about 10 per cent of Canada’s land surface.

8. Only 30 countries in the world are larger than B.C.

9. Many movies are made in B.C.
B.C. is North America’s fourth-largest film and television production centre.

Click here to  read many more facts about B.C.

Community gardens

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People working in their garden lots
Photo by Karen Blakeman/CC, Flickr

Community gardening
Story adapted from Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan and the writer’s experience
Level 3

Community gardening is very popular in cities.
Many people like to grow fresh vegetables and flowers.
Some gardeners do not have space for a garden.
So they can become a member of a community garden.
These gardens are maintained by the gardeners.

Benefits of a community garden
Gardening:
– is good exercise.
– is good for the environment.
– makes the community beautiful.
– is a good way to spend time with your children.
– helps to get rid of stress.
– brings feelings of happiness and well-being.
– provides healthy food.
– is a good way to meet new people.

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Who’s speaking, please?

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‘Speak’ graffiti on a brick wall.
Photo by Brooke Novak/CC, Flickr

Who’s speaking, please?
Biases can affect communication

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson
Level 3

Many people have stereotypes.
A stereotype is a strong belief
about a whole group of people
and every person in that group.
You feel that everyone in the group
is the same in some way.

Positive and negative
Stereotypes can be positive.
“Women are warm and loving mothers,”
Stereotypes can also be negative.
“Teenagers today have no manners.”
Some of these are myths that come from our culture.
“Asians are good at math.”
“Canadians are always polite.”

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