The Order of Canada: Its Origins, History, and Developments

By Christopher McCreery

© 2005

In 1966, a project to create a national honour for Canadians was begun. The first recipients of the Order of Canada were announced a year later, and in the nearly forty years since, the Order has become a symbol familiar to, and respected by, people from across the country.

The spirit that motivates the Order of Canada – celebration, inclusion, and democracy – was born of the memories of Canada's earlier experience with honours. From initial distrust and misunderstanding to the awakening of a national identity, the development of the Order reflects the relationship Canadians have with their country, their government, their culture, and their heroes. The Order itself is a product of national identity, politics, and history, reflected by the significance of its recipients' accomplishments. Indeed, the Order's history is as fascinating as the more than 4000 Canadians who have received it.

This first book-length history of the Order of Canada – and first major work on Canadian honours – by Christopher McCreery is a celebration of the Order and a close examination of its unique design and various early incarnations. McCreery provides both a history of the Order's beginnings and a more general overview of trends in Canadian honours. Extensively illustrated with never-before-published photographs, The Order of Canada: Its Origins, History, and Developments pays tribute to the individuals who felt the need for a system of recognition for Canadians.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 350 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.2in x 1.1in x 10.3in
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Extensively illustrated with never-before-published photographs, The Order of Canada: Its Origins, History, and Developments pays tribute to the individuals who felt the need for a system of recognition for Canadians.

The Order of Canada: Its Origins, History, and Developments

By Christopher McCreery

© 2005

In 1966, a project to create a national honour for Canadians was begun. The first recipients of the Order of Canada were announced a year later, and in the nearly forty years since, the Order has become a symbol familiar to, and respected by, people from across the country.

The spirit that motivates the Order of Canada – celebration, inclusion, and democracy – was born of the memories of Canada's earlier experience with honours. From initial distrust and misunderstanding to the awakening of a national identity, the development of the Order reflects the relationship Canadians have with their country, their government, their culture, and their heroes. The Order itself is a product of national identity, politics, and history, reflected by the significance of its recipients' accomplishments. Indeed, the Order's history is as fascinating as the more than 4000 Canadians who have received it.

This first book-length history of the Order of Canada – and first major work on Canadian honours – by Christopher McCreery is a celebration of the Order and a close examination of its unique design and various early incarnations. McCreery provides both a history of the Order's beginnings and a more general overview of trends in Canadian honours. Extensively illustrated with never-before-published photographs, The Order of Canada: Its Origins, History, and Developments pays tribute to the individuals who felt the need for a system of recognition for Canadians.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 350 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.2in x 1.1in x 10.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is easily the most comprehensive work that has been done on the Order, describing it as it does, in careful detail, both the institution itself, its significance, and the history of its conception and evolution. Christopher McCreery casts light on the values embodied in Canada’s national persona, and how they have come to be expressed in its honours system.’


    Olive Dickason, C.M., Department of History, University of Ottawa, and School of Native Studies, University of Alberta

    ‘Christopher McCreery’s study of the Order of Canada – the first of its kind – is a delightful surprise: solidly researched, it is a charming and passionate defence of the honours system as it has evolved in Canada, and has the added pleasure of being written in an unpretentious, convincing voice.’


    John A. Fraser, C.M., Master of Massey College, University of Toronto, and columnist for the Globe and Mail
  • Author Information

    Christopher McCreery is the Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Executive Director of Government House Halifax.
  • Table of contents

    Message from the Queen

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    Abbreviations

    CHAPTER ONE
    False Starts and Honours in Canada, 1867-1917: The Creation of aCanadian Policy

    CHAPTER TWO
    Controversy and Discontent, 1917-1935: The Decline and Brief Revivalof British Honours in Canada

    CHAPTER THREE
    The Honours Quagmire, 1935-1948: The Ubiquitous Canada Medal

    CHAPTER FOUR
    More False Starts: Massey Presses Forward

    CHAPTER FIVE
    First Successful Steps: Founding the Order of Canada

    CHAPTER SIX
    Selection and Reaction: The First Honours List

    CHAPTER SEVEN
    Transition to a Complete Honours System

    CHAPTER EIGHT
    Enlargement and Acceptance

    CHAPTER NINE
    The Logistics of a National Order

    CHAPTER TEN
    Unity and Diversity: The Composition of the Order of Canada

    CHAPTER ELEVEN
    Honorary Membership: The Extended Project

    CHAPTER TWELVE
    Centrepiece of a Modern Honours System: Recognition from Sea to Sea

    Appendix 1: Members of the Interdepartmental Committee and Awards Co-ordination Committee, 1942
    Appendix 2: Royal Warrant Creating the Canada Medal, 1943
    Appendix 3: Proposed Royal Warrant Creating the Canadian Award of Honour and Canadian Decoration of Honour, 1943
    Appendix 4: Letters Patent Founding the Order of Canada, 1967
    Appendix 5: Constitution of the Order of Canada, 1967
    Appendix 6: Nomination Form from Vincent Massey
    Appendix 7: Distribution of First Awards of the Order of Canada, July 1967
    Appendix 8: Recipients of the Order of Canada, July 1967
    Appendix 9: Constitution of the Order of Canada, 1972
    Appendix 10: Order of Canada Insignia Manufacture, 1967-2004
    Appendix 11: Chancellors of the Order of Canada
    Appendix 12: Officials of the Order of Canada
    Appendix 13: Members of the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada
    Appendix 14: Honorary Recipients of the Order of Canada
    Appendix 15: Constitution of the Order of Canada, 2001
    Appendix 16: Amendments to the Constitution of the Order of Canada

    Notes
    Bibliography
    Illustration Credits
    Index

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