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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Registration of a Flag
November 15, 2010
Vol. VI, p. 10

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Azure on a Canadian pale Argent an escutcheon of the Arms of the Northwest Territories;



The blue represents the lakes and waters of the Northwest Territories, while the white symbolizes ice and snow. The placement of the territorial arms on a Canadian pale between two blue panels echoes the design of the National Flag of Canada.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 12, 2011, in Volume 145, page 3514 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Robert Bessant.

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Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Provincial & Territorial (General)

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The Flag was adopted by the Flag Ordinance (O.N.W.T 1971, c. 4), assented on 18 February 1971.