Flag of the Northwest Territories

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Northwest Territories
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Adopted 1969

The current flag of the Northwest Territories, Canada, was adopted in 1969 by the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

Hudson's Bay Company flag[edit]

Hudson's Bay Company Flag

The original flag of the Hudson's Bay Company served as the territorial flag from the moment Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory was purchased by Canada in 1869.[1] After Saskatchewan and Alberta were created out of the Northwest Territories' most populous areas in 1905, the flag was discontinued. The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories was created in 1951.

Current flag[edit]

The Northwest Territories' first official flag was chosen by a special committee of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in 1969. The committee reviewed entries from a Canada wide contest. The winner of the contest was Robert Bessant from Margaret, Manitoba.[2]

The flag features a blue field, on which is a Canadian pale (a white stripe taking up half the width of the flag), with at the centre, the shield from the coat of arms of the Northwest Territories. The blue represents the abundant Northwest Territories waters, whereas the white represents snow and ice.[2]

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