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Barry Lereng Wilmont

Copenhagen, Denmark
Grant of Arms
February 20, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 356

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


Blazon

Arms

Vert on a fess between three eagles' heads erased Argent, three maple leaves bendwise Vert;

Crest

Two buffalo horns chequy Argent and Vert each set with two peacock feathers Argent;

Motto

NUNQUAM OBLIVISCEMUR;


Symbolism

Arms

The green represents the prairie and Manitoba, Mr. Wilmont’s native province. It also symbolizes the forests of Canada, through which Mr. Wilmont has travelled extensively. The white alludes to nature in winter in the great Canadian north. Mr. Wilmont has travelled across many parts of the continent watching the rivers, lakes and prairies and has lived in the mountains, so the eagle heads refer to several experiences Mr. Wilmont has had in the Northwest Territories and Manitoba with special sightings of three eagles. The maple leaves represent his nationality, his service to Canada, his three children, and the land from ocean to ocean.

Crest

The buffalo horns, or “büffelhorns”, are a very distinctive and ancient European heraldic symbol. The horns are a reference to the prairie bison and to Mr. Wilmont’s home province. They also recall his visit to the Siksika Nation lands in 1982 when Elder Mark Wolfleg told him that “In the past when the old man dressed himself in bison horns and feathers then it was time to tell legends and stories.” Choosing the horns in this form is also a way of celebrating Mr. Wilmont’s long connection with Denmark and his contributions to cultural life there.

Motto

Meaning “We will never forget”, this Motto is a traditional family saying.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 688 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Barry L. Wilmont, assisted by Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, and the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
David Farrar

Calligrapher
Karen Mackay


Recipient Information

Individual