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It was a beaver called 鈥淎mik鈥, a name taken from the Algonquian language, which is the most popular language amongst the American Indians in Canada. 鈥淎mik鈥 means beaver. The beaver was chosen as the mascot of the Montreal Games because it is an animal well-known for its patience and hard work. Indeed, it had an important role in the development of Canada during the period when furriery was one of the foremost activities in North America. The beaver is also the national symbol of Canada and can be found on some coins and stamps.

The mascot has a red belt with the emblem of the Games, symbolizing the ribbon to which the winners鈥 medal is attached.


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