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The University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta
Registration of Arms
October 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 77

Arms of The University of Calgary

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Blazon

Arms

Or a bull’s head caboshed Sable accorné Gules between two flags Gules their staves Sable conjoined in base, on a chief enarched Gules a rose Argent barbed and seeded Vert between two open books Argent bound and edged Or;

Motto

MO SHÙILE TOGAM SUAS;


Symbolism

Arms

The gold is indicative of sunshine and grain. The black bull’s head and crossed staves bearing red flags are reminiscent of the Scottish clan badge of Lt. Col. J. F. Macleod, the North-West Mounted Police (N.W.M.P.) officer who founded Fort Calgary. The arched line symbolizes a Chinook arch cloud, hinting at bringing warm winds. The top section of the shield is red, commemorating the colour of the uniform of the N.W.M.P. The open books evoke education, and the wild rose is symbolic of Alberta.

Motto

This Scots Gaelic phrase means “I will lift up mine eyes” (Ps. 121:1).