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Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Vancouver, British Columbia
Confirmation of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
August 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 332

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Azure six piles reversed throughout Argent, three in bend meeting in point, three in bend sinister meeting in point, all counterchanged;


Issuant from flames a Coast Salish spindle whorl charged with a raven all Argent embellished Azure;


Two crows Azure standing on a rock Argent above barry wavy Argent and Azure;




A banner of the Arms;


A Javanese monkey sejant affronty Azure holding a billet Argent;



The colours are those associated with the University and its setting. The pattern on the shield is a geometric allusion to perspective, both in its literal sense, as interpreted by artists over many centuries, or in the much wider sense of the different points of view each artist brings to his or her own work. As well, it symbolizes how the various forms of art challenge us to see things in new ways.


The Coast Salish raven styled by Susan Point represents, as it does in many West Coast First Nations cultures, transformation and cleverness. In this instance, it represents Emily Carr’s interest in the First Peoples as well as the idea that the artist transforms materials to give them new shape and meaning and that art can transform the way the viewer perceives the world. The flames symbolize the idea that the University’s professors liberate what burns in each student and what sets them on fire.


The crow is the smaller cousin of the raven, but unlike the raven is at home in urban areas. Here the crows represent the University’s urban setting on Granville Island next to the waters of False Creek. As well, they are noted for their intelligence, and thus symbolize the intellectual quotient in all aesthetic endeavours.


These words signify the linking together of the perception and visualization of the world through the eyes, the operation of the artist’s mind in the creative process, and the use of hands to bring an idea to life.


The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


The monkey is a reference to Emily Carr’s pet, Woo, and therefore to the University’s namesake. The rectangle represents a piece of paper, a computer screen and hence multi-media as well as a mirror, referring to the idea that artists hold a mirror up to the world.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Volume 142, page 2985 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

David Farrar

Shirley Mangione

Recipient Information

Civil Institution

One or more entries related to this Recipient's emblems appear elsewhere in the Register: Volume V, p. 137.