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Town of Cardston

Cardston, Alberta
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
August 15, 2019
Vol. VII, p. 198

Arms of the Town of Cardston

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Blazon

Arms

Or a carriage wheel within an orle Azure surmounted at each angle by a billet Argent;

Crest

A demi-weasel affronty Argent issuant from a circlet of wild roses proper;

Supporters

Two elk Or each attired unguled and gorged of a collar Azure, standing on each side of the Chief Mountain on a base set with wild roses and cottonwood leaves proper;

Motto

TRUST ENDURES;


Symbolism

Arms

The gold background symbolizes the town’s agricultural success. The carriage wheel refers to the settlers’ travel by wagon train, and also to the town’s Remington Carriage Museum. The blue band and white rectangles represents the water of Lee Creek used in irrigation canals and the communities serviced by the said canals. As well, the rectangles evoke playing cards, and thus represent the Card family, the leading family of the original settlers, and make a canting reference to the town’s name.

Crest

The weasel represents the Kainai (Blood Tribe) of the Blackfoot Confederacy, traditionally known as the Weasel People. It acknowledges that Cardston is located on part of the traditional Blackfoot territory. The wild rose is the provincial flower.

Supporters

The Rocky Mountain elk is the state animal of Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is headquartered. It symbolizes the church’s support for the initial settlers’ activities, including the building of a gold-decorated temple. The wild rose is Alberta’s provincial flower, and cottonwood trees stabilize local creek beds. The mountain acknowledges that Cardston is located on part of the traditional Blackfoot territory, all of which can be seen from Chief Mountain.

Motto

The idea of trust enduring refers to the people’s faith in God.