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Saskatchewan Coat of Arms

In 1985, designated Saskatchewan Heritage Year by the government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan's armorial bearings was completed by adding a crest, supporters and motto to the shield of arms.  The design was approved by the College of Arms in London, England.

On September 16, 1986, at a ceremony in the Legislative Chamber in Regina, the Governor General of Canada Jeanne Sauve signed a Royal Warrant on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen approving the Complete Armorial Achievement of the Province of Saskatchewan.  Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor F.W. Johnson signed a proclamation in Her Majesty's name authorizing its use in and for the province.  The new design then became "Her Majesty's Arms in right of Saskatchewan"- the province's official coat of arms.  The coat of arms includes:

Immediately above the shield is a helm (or helmet) facing left, representing the co-sovereign status of the Province in Confederation. The helm is decorated with mantling in red and white, the national colours of Canada. Above the helm is a wreath, also in red and white, which supports a beaver - Canada's national animal representing the North, the fur trade and our Aboriginal peoples. The beaver holds a western red lily, Saskatchewan's floral emblem. The beaver is surmounted by the Crown, symbol of the province's direct link with the Sovereign through the Lieutenant Governor.

To the left of the shield of arms is a royal lion, a traditional heraldic symbol; and to the right a white-tailed deer, indigenous to Saskatchewan and one of the province's official emblems.

Both supporters wear collars of Prairie Indian beadwork, from which are suspended badges (mullets) in the form of the six-pointed star (or stylized lily) of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, instituted as the province's highest honour in 1985.  The badge worn by the lion displays the maple leaf, Canada's emblem, while the one worn by the deer displays Saskatchewan's official flower, the western red lily.

Below the shield is a compartment of western red lilies, supporting a scroll with the provincial motto Multis e gentibus vires (From Many Peoples Strength).

The motto expresses Saskatchewan's multicultural heritage, the contribution of the First Nations and Métis cultures, and the key role of immigration in the province.  The root meaning of the Latin gens (from which gentibus is derived) is "people" or "clan."  The word vires connotes vigour, energy and mental strength. 

The colours in the coat of arms derive from nature and represent aspects typical of the province: ochre or gold for wheat; green for forests and grass; red for the western red lily or prairie fires; and brown for the soil.

The full coat of arms is reserved for the Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Cabinet Ministers, and the Speaker, Members and officers of the Legislative Assembly.  It is also used for the Courts of Justice and government documents such as proclamations, certificates, reports, and formal invitations and programmes.

This emblem is protected by law and may only be used with permission.

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