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Laurentian University of Sudbury

Sudbury, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
March 26, 2010
Vol. V, p. 509

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Blazon

Arms

Azure on a chevron Argent between in chief two open books proper edged bound and clasped Or and in base a sun in splendour Or, three cross-crosslets fitchy Sable;

Crest

A white pine tree Azure set on a rocky mount Or;

Supporters

Two eagles in Anishinaabe style Argent embellished Azure and Sable;

Motto

EMITTE LUCEM ET VERITATEM;

Flag

A banner of the Arms, adextré Or an eagle in Anishinaabe style contourné Argent embellished Azure and Sable;

Badge

On a hurt a white pine tree Argent set on a mount Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The shield, crest and motto were originally devised in 1960 by faculty member Terence Gaffney. The chevron resembles a roof-top and refers to the university as a house of learning. The open books are a symbol of education and represent the two languages of instruction at Laurentian, one of the few bilingual universities in Canada. The sun alludes to the idea of illumination. The three crosses recall the three church-affiliated colleges (the University of Sudbury, Thorneloe University, and Huntington University) that federated to create the new non-denominational university in 1960.

Crest

The pine tree is a reference to the region. The yellow base is taken from a more recent emblem used by the university. The blue and yellow colours are those of the university.

Supporters

The eagles, using a design by the Anishinaabe artist and Laurentian University alumnus Leland Bell, are a sacred creature for the First Nations and thus refer to the university’s important relationship with the Native community.

Motto

Meaning “Send out light and truth”, the motto refers to the task of the university and to the symbolism of the sun in the arms. It is based on Psalm 43:3.

Flag

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Badge

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Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on October 23, 2010, in Volume 144, page 2712 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Terence Gaffney (arms, crest and motto) and Bruce Patterson, Saint-Laurent Herald (supporters and badge), assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Linda Nicholson

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
University