Walter Safety, the Canadian Red Cross water safety mascot, 1963.

This Canadian Red Cross digital history project provides all Canadians the chance to interact with over 120 years of Canadian Red Cross history and the opportunity to share their own Red Cross artifacts or items that have been part of their lives. The items and stories featured in this interactive online platform represent the many ways the Canadian Red Cross has mobilized the power of humanity to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Canada and around the world.Many of these items also represent in one way or another how all Red Cross programs and activities are guided by the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.


Act of Parliament incorporating the Red Cross, 1909.

The collection launched with 120 hand-picked items in July, 2016 to mark the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Red Cross in 1896. Leading up to the 150th birthday of Canada on July 1, 2017, more items will be added until the collection totals 150.

The Canadian Red Cross has played a significant role in Canadian society for over 120 years. Each item in this collection contributes to the larger Canadian Red Cross story and illustrates how one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious voluntary organizations has grown and adapted throughout the years to meet the changing needs of Canadians.

This project is a celebration of the past, present and future of the Canadian Red Cross.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about the project, send an email to redcross120@redcross.ca.

Find the project on the Red Cross website.

Emblem Abuse: Red Cross Gin, 1900-1910.

Emblem Abuse: Red Cross Gin, 1900-1910.