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by Blas Delgado
The Coat of Arms was presented to the District of Tumbler Ridge by His Excellency the Right Honorable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada and Head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, in 1992. This Coat of arms is now patented to the District of Tumbler Ridge.
The heraldic symbols presented are a new expression within a centuries old art form, drawing together elements from the unique natural and historical heritage of Tumbler Ridge.
Symbolism of Arms
SHIELD OF ARMS: The principal colors, red and gold represent the heat, energy and prosperity flowing from the nearby Kinuseo Falls, with the colors being separated from each other by a distinctive wavy line representing radiant energy. Alexander Mackenzie's discovery of coal in this region in 1793 is symbolized by the golden elks head, which is found in a similar form in the arms of the Scottish Chief of the Clan Mackenzie. The three black diamonds or lozenges are the traditional heraldic emblem for coal.
CREST (above the Shield): Rising above a Canadian maple leaf coronet is a symbol honoring nearby Kinuseo Falls, the most beautiful and distinctive of many natural wonders of this area. Here, the waters of' the Falls flow down across silvery mountains studded with coal diamonds.
SUPPORTERS: The caribou and grizzly bear in colours echoing the themes of the shield, represent the natural wealth of the District. The bear supports a staff flying the District flag, emblem of the community's spirit and aspirations. A rocky outcrop, symbol of the foundations of the landscape and source of wealth underpins the whole coat of arms.
MOTTO: "Invitation to Success"
FLAG: In proper heraldic fashion, the flag is composed of the elements on the shield reshaped to serve as a banner.
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