Symbols of Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia is one of Canada's provinces, and has established several provincial symbols.[1]

Symbols[edit]

Symbol Image Adopted Remarks
Coat of arms Coat of arms of Nova Scotia
Coat of arms of Nova Scotia
1625[2] Granted to the Royal Province of Nova Scotia by King Charles I of England, Mayflower added to compartment in 1929.
Motto Munit haec et altera vincit
One defends and the other conquers
1625[2]
Shield of Arms Shield of arms of Nova Scotia 1625[3] Shield of arms was granted by King Charles I of England
Flag Flag of Nova Scotia
Flag of Nova Scotia
1858, restored in 1929[4] Created in 1858 from Arms granted by King Charles I in 1625, restored by Royal Warrant of George V after confederation.
Crest The House of Assembly Crest [5] Crest is derived from the Shield of Arms with the addition of St. Edward's crown placed at the top of the shield.
Flower May Flower
(Trailing Arbutus)
Epigaea repens
trailing arbutus
1901[6] Emerged as a native patriotic symbol in 1820
Bird Osprey
Pandion haliaetus
Osprey
1994[7] 400 breeding pairs exist in Nova Scotia.[citation needed]
Tree Red Spruce
Picea rubens
Red Spruce
1988[8] Important sawn lumber and pulpwood product in the province.
Berry Wild Blueberry
Blueberry
January 11, 1996[9] Native to Nova Scotia
Dog Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
1995[10] A dog breed native to Nova Scotia
Horse Sable Island horse
Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
2008[11]
Fish Brook trout
Brook trout
November 23, 2006[12]
Gemstone Agate
Agate
November 23, 1999[13] Found in the basalts around the Bay of Fundy
Mineral Stilbite
Stilbite
[14] Abundant along the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin.
Fossil Hylonomus lyelli
"forest wanderer"
Hylonomus lyelli
2002[15] Is the oldest known reptile in the world.
Maritime ambassador Bluenose II
Bluenose II
Replica of the schooner Bluenose (1921–1946)[16]
Tartan Blue, white, greens, red and gold
Tartan of Nova Scotia
1955[17] Nova Scotia Tartan was the first provincial tartan in Canada and was approved by the Lord Lyon King at Arms.

The blue and white in the tartan stand for the sea, the greens represent the forests, red is for the royal lion on the Shield of Arms, and gold for the province's historic Royal Charter.[17]

Mace The Mace of Nova Scotia 1930[18] It is the ancient symbol of the Royal Authority, delegated in Nova Scotia to the House of Assembly
Logo The Visual Identity Program Symbol 1996[19] The symbol is used by Nova Scotia government departments and the majority of agencies and commissions for stationery, advertising, exhibits and displays as the consistent visual form by which the province identifies itself both within government and to the public.
Orders Order of Nova Scotia
Order of Nova Scotia ribbon
2002[20] The Order of Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia's highest honour. The medal is in the form of the five-petalled mayflower, at the heart of the flower is the Shield of Arms for Nova Scotia and the shield is surmounted by St. Edward's crown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Symbols". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Coat of Arms". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shield of Arms". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Flag of Nova Scotia". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "The House of Assembly Crest". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mayflower". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Osprey". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Red Spruce". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Wild Blueberry". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sable Island Horse". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Brook Trout". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Agate". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Stilbite". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fossil". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Bluenose II". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Nova Scotia Tartan". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Mace". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Visual Identity Program". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Order of Nova Scotia". The Nova Scotia Legislature. Retrieved 18 June 2015.