About the Project

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.

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.

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.



Executive Producers:
Canadian Red Cross

Digital Marketing Agency and Technical Partner:
ecentricarts, inc.

Project Contributors:

Canadian Red Cross Digital Team:
Leila Auguste, Emily Chan, Sara Falconer, Mandeep Judge, Josh Kellett, Simon Lee, Wakana Nakai, Audrey Ooi, Namrata Patel, Brock Potter, Colin Smith, Anna Teehan, Doug Wayne

Marketing and Strategic Director: Doug Wayne
Creative Director: Emily Chan
Content Strategist: Colin Smith
Writing and Research: Jamie Bradburn, Jeff Doner, Sarah Glassford, Robert Gourgon, Jay Hollister, Nathan Smith, Anna Teehan
Studio Photography: Sean Zaffino, Elton Clemente
Designer: Jonathan Margono
Translation: Stéphanie de Launière, Élise Fournier Lévêque, Thomas Ouellet, Céline Tremblay, Louise Whitty, Tessier Translations
Thank You: Andrew Abley, Ismael Aquino, Paul Jenkins, Myrian Marotte, Erica See, Stephanie Picard, Mike Tarr, Carolyn Tees, Tamara Wee

Some photographic and documentary sources were provided courtesy of:
International Committee of the Red Cross
International Federation of the Red Cross
Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
The Canadian Museum of History
Toronto Public Library
Senate of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Saanich Archives
Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management / Canadian Navy Heritage Project
Canadian Pacific Railway
Vancouver Public Library Online archive
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Government of Alberta



The Canadian Red Cross has taken all reasonable efforts to ensure that materials, for which copyright belongs to others, are reproduced on this website with the full consent of the copyright owners. The Canadian Red Cross does not warrant that the use of materials displayed in the website will not infringe the rights of third parties. Such works may not be used in any form; they may not be copied or downloaded without prior permission from the third party. Please inform us as soon as possible if you think any of the content on this site violates copyright by contacting redcross120@redcross.ca.


Terms and Conditions

Information on this website has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for non-commercial, educational and personal use only. Material must not be modified, must retain any associated copyright or other proprietary notices, and must acknowledge the source of the material. All other uses are prohibited without the express written authorization, including reproduction of any kind in any medium and redistribution in any manner for commercial use, including commercial publication, or for personal gain. Digital modification of the content (alterations, cropping, additions, superimposing of graphic elements, modifying the colours, etc.) is strictly forbidden. Anyone wishing to use the materials from this website for these or other purposes must obtain prior written approval from the Canadian Red Cross or the copyright owners.

For information on and permission to use images, including licensing requests, please contact redcross120@redcross.ca.


Public Submissions

The purpose of the Canadian Red Cross’ Your Red Cross Story webpage is to provide a platform for users to share their stories and experiences with the Canadian Red Cross and members of the public. By submitting your content, you grant the Canadian Red Cross Society the non-exclusive right to use your content royalty-free, in perpetuity. We retain the right, though not the obligation, to place, edit, classify, repurpose or remove any content posted on the website. By posting on this website, you also grant The Canadian Red Cross unrestricted rights to the use of any content posted for promotional materials, exhibit content, social media, or other purposes.

When you share your story with us, here are the Terms of Use that apply to all written submissions and images:

  • Be respectful and courteous, keeping in mind that this content is public.
  • Your story must be created and owned by you, including any images or text included in your submission.
  • Breaking copyright rules is not permitted.


You agree not to submit or upload any content which:

  • is unlawful, fraudulent, harassing, libelous, or obscene in any way
  • contains viruses, corrupted files, or other materials that may cause damage to this website or any computer system
  • contains advertisements or solicitations for funds or sales of goods or services
  • includes personal information of any other person, including full names, phone numbers, addresses, or any private, sensitive, or confidential information

The Canadian Red Cross does not guarantee that all submissions to the Your Red Cross Story will be posted nor does it have an obligation to store or archive the input provided by users. The Canadian Red Cross reserves the right to change these Terms of Use at any time without notice.



If you have any questions, comments or feedback regarding this project, please contact redcross120@redcross.ca.

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