Nunavut Coat of Arms
|Nunavut Coat of Arms|
|Authorized to use the coat of arms||the Canadian territory of Nunavut|
|Introduced||March 31, 1999|
|Heraldic shield||round shield, in front a stone lamp in gold, behind an Inuksuk , in the blue head of the shield a gold star over an arch of five golden balls|
|Sign holder||Caribou and narwhal|
|Motto (motto)||ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᓴᙱᓂᕗᑦ
("Nunavut Sanginivut" = "Nunavut, our strength")
The Nunavut coat of arms was bestowed on the Canadian territory of Nunavut on March 31, 1999 by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc , one day before the territory was founded. The coat of arms was designed by Andrew Qappik , an Inuit artist from Pangnirtung . The dominant colors blue and gold symbolize the wealth of the land, the sea and the sky.
In the lower part of the round heraldic shield , an " Inuksuk " is inserted as a symbol for the stone monuments that guide people in the country and point to sacred and other important places. The “ Qulliq ” (stone lamp) in front represents light and warmth of the family and community. The concave arch of five golden circles in the upper part of the shield refers to the ability of the sun, which rises above and below the horizon, to give life. Above it, a gold star symbolizes "Niqirtsuituq", the ( polar star ) and traditional guide for navigation .
The decoration above the coat of arms consists of a white-blue helmet bulge and an igloo , which represents the traditional life of the people, as well as the means that ensure their survival. The Edward's crown above the igloo symbolizes general governmental power for all people of Nunavut and establishes Nunavut as a partner within the Canadian Confederation .
The shield holders “Tuktu” ( caribou ) and “Qilalugaq Tugaalik” ( narwhal ) to the right and left of the shield represent the land and marine animals that are part of Nunavut's natural heritage. The pedestal of the coat of arms is composed of land and sea and highlights three types of arctic wildflowers. The motto in Inuktitut syllabary is called “Nunavut Sanginivut” in Roman script and means “Nunavut, our strength”.
- Symbols of Nunavut (English)