Athabaska University

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ATHABASKA UNIVERSITY

Country: Canada
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Coat of arms (crest) of Athabaska University

Official blazon

Arms : Azure on a Canadian pale Argent a pile reversed throughout Vert
Crest : A demi-bear Azure holding the mace of Athabasca University proper
Supporters : Two hawks Azure beaked and membered Argent standing on a grassy mount Vert set with poplar leaves Or
Motto : LEARNING FOR LIFE

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on August 15, 2011.

Blue and green are the colours of the university. The central white section, known as a Canadian pale, is taken from the National Flag of Canada, and here represents an open gate, thus symbolizing Athabasca University’s commitment to accessibility in education. The green triangle represents a spruce tree and, by extension, the region of northern Alberta. It also alludes to the letter A and to the idea of striving upwards.

The bear is a local animal, courageous and at the same time nurturing. The mace represents the authority of the university.

The hawks are local birds, known for their keen sight. Poplar, represented here by the leaves, is a local tree.

The motto has been the university’s motto since 1977.Literature: Image and information from http://www.gg.ca

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