The Centennial Flame was first lit at the dawn of our centennial year by Prime Minister Lester Pearson. At the time we had ten provinces and two territories, each represented by crests and years of entry into Confederation on the fountain that surrounds the flame. Since the partitioning of the Northwest Territories in 1999 into two, creating the territory of Nunavut, the total of thirteen had not been reflected in this fountain. For a few weeks in the fall, this flame was shut off and the structure reconfigured to correct that, with a shelter going around the entire thing to give work crews time to get things done. The slabs were altered to go from twelve to thirteen sections, with Nunavut included in the mix with its crest that features an inukshuk. In mid-December, the Flame was re-dedicated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I captured it at night on one occasion afterwards.
And I came back in the daylight. A plaque now rests before the fountain, and Nunavut has its place among the other provinces and territories. A fitting addition at the end of our anniversary year.
The new crest for Nunavut is seen here, at the right of this trio.