Um, I'm Canadian, and I've never heard of the personification of Canada as "Mother Canada". Canada is generally personified by an anthropomorphic moose or beaver, or else by a brawny lumberjack. We have no "patriotic image" of Canada, because as a whole, Canadians see national pride as childish and jingoist.
Based on the culture and history of Canada, though, I would probably suggest a young First Nations boy in a white fur (polar bear skin), calling toward the Canadian tendency to be at least a little more respect for the natives (but still really, really badly), Canada's relative youth (only 145 years old), and the importance of the fur industry in founding Canada (and the current pop culture drive in Canada to replace the beaver with the polar bear as the national animal of Canada.
I know this comment is coming very late, and therefore you may have discovered it on your own, in time. But this personification of Canada, known as "The Mourning Mother" is one of the main statues on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France, which is one of Canada's greatest battles won in World War 1.
Yeah. Canada pays to send our remaining veterans of that fight to that memorial once a year. I'd call that a pretty good use of our tax money (not being sarcastic) to honour those men. There is no such thing as a "good" war; Einstein called war the last resort of the incompetent, but it behooves us to remember those who attended that madness for the sake of others.
Hi, another Canadian here! mother Canada is the representation of Canada on the Vimy memorial in France. Our new 20 dollar bills represent this memorial, although the specific part of the memorial is not on the bill, which made me sad. True, it is a Canadian statue in another country, but I feel it is a good representation, and I don't think Humon intended to create any personifications for this series of pictures, but rather to use pre-existing. It just happens that Canada hasn't really made a specific human personification of our country yet, other than this particular statue. The statue of Mother Canada on the monument is meant to represent her mourning her dead.
ps, no disrespect here, I didn't know about her myself until I saw Humon's image and searched for info. I think more Canadians should know about this memorial. [link]
to everyone who is bashing her use of Uncle Sam: other than him being, obviously, the United States (note the Initials!) He is by far the more common recognizable image of the USA, far more than Columbia or Brother Johnathan. note she's doing this from a European perspective.
how many people, without looking it up, know what the D.C. in Washington DC mean?
if you have to look it up, it's exactly my point.
I'm a long-time student of History, and a "Yank" and I'd never heard of Brother Johnathan, and of Columbia only sparingly. big, badass Uncle Sam, on the other hand, is everywhere. He's the personification of the USA. AND based on a real person.
I like how you made Uncle Sam actually look like a respectable man rather than the contempous gun-crazy prick as he pretty much looks like in America... WAIT A MINUTE. *looks at America rom SatW* ... It makes perfect sense now. o_o
I do not know why the U.S. people always say they will save America as if it were only united states america, but no, is from CANADA to AMERICA CHILE, so next time you see a movie and they say they are going to save america they are totally wrong because they(U.S.) are not only america
It's mostly because the Name of our country is "The United States of America" therefore the faster ways to say it are: The states, The US, America (it's not like we think Canada and Mexico are a part of this), USA, The US. I prefer my own: CFA! (Civitataes Federales Americanae)
I do not know why the U.S. people always say they will save America as if it were only united states america, but no, is from CANADA to AMERICA CHILE, so next time you see a movie and they say they are going to save america they are totally wrong because they(U.S.) are not only america.
There was a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstar called the Mountie, portrayed by Jacques Rougeau. His manager was Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart, and the Mountie carried a cattle prod prop to the ring, and shocked his opponents with it. He defeated Bret "The Hitman" Hart for the Intercontinental Title, and later lost the IC title to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
The Canadians helped take Vimy Ridge in France during World War I, and when Hitler took over in Germany, he had the Vimy Ridge memorial blown up in defiance of the Versailes Treaty and the fact Germany lost in World War I.
Actually, Vimy Ridge was one of the memorials to be spared from his tyrannical destruction of national memorials to the allies' victories. In fact, Hitler had posted guards to make sure that no damage would come to Vimy Ridge while the Germans occupied France.
I did not know that. I was in an African-American class for my master's degree, and they played an actual church gathering of African-Americans. The speaker mentioned the Nazis destroyed a monument in France dedicated to the South African corps from WWI because they were black.