Lots of Ideas
Your event can be indoors or outdoors, formal or casual, virtual or online. There are some key dates that you may wish to consider when planning your Diamond Jubilee event. These include:
- The 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s accession to the throne on February 6;
- National Flag of Canada Day on February 15;
- Family Day on February 20 (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario);
- Commonwealth Day (the second Monday in March)
- Her Majesty's birthday on April 21;
- Victoria Day on May 21;
- Canada Day on July 1;
- Thanksgiving Day on October 8;
- Remembrance Day on November 11; and
- The anniversary of the Statute of Westminster on December 11.
Suggested activities could include, but are not limited to, the following ideas:
Gather your neighbours, family, friends or colleagues and organize a community/street party to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty The Queen as Queen of Canada.
Invite seniors and elders from your community to share their stories with children. It is a great opportunity for youth to learn about their community's history and the transformation Canada has undergone in the last 60 years.
Share your photos and memorabilia of The Queen on the Canadian Heritage Facebook and Twitter channels, or develop a special display on the Crown in Canada that showcases our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions.
Put on a concert in your neighbourhood, at a local school, or downtown. Organize an exhibition with your local library or museum that highlights how Canada has evolved over the past 60 years under Her Majesty's reign.
Hold a tree-planting ceremony, or name or rename a building or park to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Talk about how such activities reflect on the past and demonstrate our hope for Canada's future. Organize a food drive with a local charity, a sporting event or an environmental "green" project.
Organize a ball hockey or track-and-field day at a local park or schoolyard and use Diamond Jubilee promotional materials as prizes.
Write an essay or stage a play on the role of the Crown in Canada and how it has shaped our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions. Plan a class assignment that encourages students to learn about Canadian institutions.
Gather friends, family and neighbours for a community clean-up. Organize a garbage pick-up at a local beach or park, clean up a schoolyard or playground, or beautify your community by planting flowers. Encourage amateur gardeners to stage a Diamond Jubilee floral collection or flower gala.