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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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HMCS Donnacona

Montréal, Quebec
Confirmation of the blazon of a Badge
January 15, 2009
Vol. V, p. 412

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Blazon

Badge

Argent three maple leaves on one stem Gules surmounted in base by two hands clasped in fess, that to the dexter of an Iroquois wearing a bracelet of bear claws, that to the sinister of a European proper;

Motto

HAND ON HAND;


Symbolism

Badge

The hands commemorate the meeting between Chief Donnacona and Jacques Cartier at Stadacona (now Quebec City). The three maple leaves are from the arms of Canada and indicate that the name “Canada” came from the Iroquoian word “Kenneta”, meaning “habitation”.

Motto

Not applicable


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 20, 2010, in Volume 144, page 441 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Not available

Painter

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Military Institution
Military

The badge was originally approved on 9 February 1948.