The Capital is a focal point for our nation, linked in the minds of Canadians to powerful memories, meaningful images and vivid emotions. The buildings, monuments and sites at the very heart of the Capital attest to Canada’s parliamentary system and its constitutional monarchy.
Canada’s primary national symbols (Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court) and its official residences are the physical representation of Canada’s system of government, and are replete with history and meaning. The Capital Region is home to Indigenous peoples of Anishinabeg origin, as well as numerous other Indigenous peoples of Canada, and the descendants of explorers and pioneers from France and Great Britain. Many more settlers from different countries have arrived over the centuries to make this region their home. The Capital’s national cultural, historical and scientific institutions highlight the rich tapestry of Canadian society, and they help attract millions of visitors to the Capital each year.
These institutions, cultures and diverse aspirations will evolve through the decades, contributing to the improvement and transformation of the Capital as an inclusive place whose symbols embrace all Canadians.