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Newfoundland & Labrador Information
The Provincial Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador  Blue symbolizes the sea. White represents snow and ice. Red is for human effort. Gold signifies our confidence in ourselves. The Blue Triangles represents our Commonwealth heritage in its reminiscent of the Union Jack, which has so decisively shaped our present. The Red Triangles represent the island and mainland portions of the province. The Gold Arrow points the way to what we believe will be a bright future. When hung as a banner, the arrow closely resembles a sword - a reminder of the great sacrifice made by our province's war veterans. The White Centre incorporates the Christian cross, Beothuk and Naskapi ornamentation, and the maple leaf's outline. The Trident emphasizes Newfoundland and Labrador's continued dependence on and connection to the fishery and marine resources. The flag symbolizes the past, present and future of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Symbols of Labrador The Labrador Flag is a celebration of the unique identity and common heritage of the people of Labrador. White represents snow. Green symbolizes the land. Blue represents the waters of Labrador's rivers, lakes and the sea. The Spruce Twig in the upper left-hand corner was chosen because this tree is common in all regions of Labrador. The Three Branches of the Twig symbolize the three peoples of Labrador: the Inuit, the Innu, and the European settlers. The Twig Grows from One Stalk, representing the common origin of all humanity. The Shorter Inner Twig represents the past, while the larger outer twig represents a brighter future. The Newfoundland Coat of Arms The Newfoundland Coat of Arms was originally granted on January 1, 1637 to a private company. It was not until 1928 that it was rediscovered and officially reintroduced. The arms consist of a red shield bearing a silver cross with lions and unicorns in the quarters. The supporters holding the shield are European interpretations of Newfoundland's native Beothuk people. An elk, meant to represent Newfoundland's caribou herds, stands above the shield. The Latin Motto, seen on bottom, reads "Seek ye first the kingdom of God". The Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador (Prior to 1949) One of the early flags of Newfoundland, until the early 1930's, was the Pink, White and Green Flag. The flag was an attempt to unite the British and Irish ancestry of Newfoundland. The flag was official until the Union Jack became the official flag in 1931. The Union Jack became the official flag and stayed so until 1980, when the present Newfoundland flag became the official flag.