Canada’s National History Society

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CANADA’S NATIONAL HISTORY SOCIETY

Coat of arms (crest) of Canada’s National History Society

Official blazon

Arms : Or two canoe paddles in saltire Azure, overall a candle Gules its flame Argent surmounting a maple leaf Gules
Crest : A demi-bear affronty holding in its dexter paw an eagle feather proper
Supporters : Two beavers proper each gorged with a coronet erablé Argent and standing on a grassy mount Vert
Motto: OUR PAST SHAPES OUR FUTURE

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on March 20, 2008.

The paddles are representatives of the importance of the canoe, as the means of transportation from Quebec into the fur trade areas of the western provinces. The candle and flame represents the inspiration of education and all the methods of sharing Canada’s stories to be transmitted as history, including oral history recorded in the memory of teachers and story-tellers.

The bear is a symbol for self-observation and contemplation. The eagle is the story-teller of life and teacher of a holistic pattern of life. When holding the eagle’s feather, the speaker tells the truth. Together, these images represent the Society that is involved in observing human activities and telling about them.

The beaver was instrumental as an economic incentive to map, trade, and settle. So important was it that it became the basis of barter. Four of these animals appear in the arms of the Hudson’s Bay Company, an involved supporter of the Society. The coronet of maple leaves symbolizes the national character of this Society.

The idea of the motto is that experiences teach lessons for a better future.


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