Symbols of Alberta
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Official symbols of Alberta
|Coat of arms||Coat of arms of Alberta||1907; augmented July 30, 1980||Granted to Alberta by Royal Warrant|
|Motto||Fortis et liber
Strong and free
|July 30, 1980||Granted with other elements of the coat of arms; A reference to the fifth line of O Canada.|
|Provincial shield||Provincial shield of Alberta||September 2013||The shield of the coat of arms was adopted as a separate official emblem known as the provincial shield in September 2013.|
|Colours||Blue and gold||The colours can be found on the flag and on other provincial insignia|
|Flag||Flag of Alberta||June 1, 1968|
(Pinus contorta latifolia)
|May 30, 1984 due to the efforts of the Junior Forest Warden Association of Alberta.||It was used in the early 1900s for the production of railway ties, and is as a resource for the production of poles, posts, pulp and plywood in Alberta's forestry industry.|
|1930||It grows in almost all regions of the province.|
|April 30, 2003, due to the efforts of the Prairie Conservation Forum.|
|Stone||Petrified wood||1977, due to the efforts of the Alberta Federation of Rock Clubs.||Of Cretaceous and Paleocene ages, it is often found in gravel pits in Alberta.|
|Gemstone||Ammolite||2004||Made from fossilized shells and Southern Alberta is the only known location where it reaches gem quality levels.|
|August 18, 1989||It is primarily found in the Canadian Rockies.|
|May 2, 1995||Catch and release policy regulates all bull trout fishing in Alberta.|
|Bird||Great horned owl
|May 3, 1977 by a province-wide children’s vote||It is found throughout Alberta in forests and grasslands.|
|Tartan||Green, gold, blue, pink and black||1961 due to the efforts of the Edmonton Rehabilitation Society for the Handicapped.||For forests, wheat fields, skies and lakes, wild rose and coal and petroleum respectively.|
|Alberta Dress Tartan||Alberta Tartan with large sections of white, a symbol of Alberta’s clean and bright snowy days.||2000||It can be worn for dancing, special occasions and formal attire.|
|Anthem||"Alberta"||May 2001||Written by Mary Kieftenbeld.|
|Logo||The provincial signature 2009||2009||Introduced as part of Brand Alberta.|
|Logo||The provincial wordmark 1972||1972||Used by Executive Council of Alberta as well as the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on all official documents. It uses a specific typeface, and is also showcased on signs such as highway markers. Still in use.|
|Logo||The provincial wordmark 1960s||1960s|
|Mace||The Mace of Alberta||It replaced the old version on February 9, 1956.||It is the symbol of the authority of the Legislative Assembly. It is a ceremonial staff carried by the Sergeant-at-Arms into the Chamber. It was designed by L.B. Blain in Edmonton, and built by English silversmith Joseph Fray in Birmingham.|
|Francophone flag||Franco-Albertan flag
|June 24, 2017||Adopted by the Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (French-Canadian Association of Alberta) in March 1982 after winning a contest sponsored by Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta (Francophone Youth of Alberta). On June 14, 2017, Alberta's French Policy officially recognized the flag as a "Symbol of Distinction under the Emblems of Alberta Act".|
De facto symbols
While not officially adopted as emblems by the provincial government of Alberta, these places and things are popularly associated with (hence could be considered symbols of) the province.
|Building||Alberta Legislative Building||It is the seat of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.|
|Fungus||Leccinum boreale (red cap mushroom)||It will not be law unless an amendment is introduced to the Emblems of Alberta Act, as proposed in 2009.|
- Government of Alberta. "Emblems of Alberta". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- Legislative Assembly of Alberta (2006). "The Emblems of Alberta". Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2007-02-09.
- "Ammolite". Alberta Geological Survey. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- Comox School district. "Alberta". Retrieved 2007-02-09.
- Government of Alberta. "Symbols of Alberta" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-06-01.
- Legislative Assembly of Alberta. "Symbols and Ceremonies: The Mace and the Black Rod". Archived from the original on 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- Alberta, Government of. "Header and Footer". www.culturetourism.alberta.ca. Retrieved 2017-06-16.