Happy Birthday, Canada!
Canada was born on this day in 1867, when the British North America Act of 1867 (or BNA Act) united the Provinces of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into a single federated nation.
My maternal grandfather was born in Phillipsville, Ontario and my paternal great-great-grandparents were from Prince Edward Island. I think that means I can be “grandfathered” in as a citizen, right?
Anyway, this sterling sliver spoon, made by Oneida, marks the last major birthday our neighbors to the north celebrated—just 50 years ago in 1967.
Fun Fact: July 1 in Canada was known as “Dominion Day” until 1982, when it was renamed “Canada Day” in honor of the patriation of their Constitution (at which time, the BNA Act was renamed as “Constitution Act, 1967.”