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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories


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by Antonio Martins

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Unequal triband of dark blue, white and dark yellow charged on the white area with a local badge (I'm not sure whether the badge is used somewhere besides the flag). This badge is coat-of-arms-like and can be blazoned as "azure, a mining building argent issuant from a layer of mining waste above a layer of gold all proper above a river of seven wavy fesses of azure and or between a maple tree or and a trophy of pike an spade per saltire of the same bellow an aurora borealis argent." Motto: "Multum in parvo" (meaning "much in little") and cri de guerre "The City of Yellow Knife Northwest Territories", both in black capitals on yellow scrolls.

Yellowknife, with a population of 17275 (as of 1996), is also known as Sombak'e (meaning "money place"), and is located approx. at 62N lat. and 114W long. (the site says "62'276'N latitude and 114'226'W longitude), which is obviously mistaken!), on on the west shore of Yellowknife Bay on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake. Local languages are Chipewyan, Dogrib, South and North Slavey, English and French, and to the community belongs the electoral district of Frame Lake, Great Slave, Kam Lake, Range Lake, Weledeh, Yellowknife Centre and Yellowknife South.
Antonio Martins, 4 July 2000

The blazon could be better rendered "azure, a mining headframe argent issuant from a riverbank or above a river of seven wavy fesses of azure and argent between a maple leaf or and a trophy of pick and shovel per saltire of the same below an aurora borealis argent." Above the shield is a yellow scroll with the words "The City of Yellow Knife Northwest Territories", surmounting a pair of white eagle wings, a red rayed sun, and a yellow knife. Below the motto: "Multum in parvo" (meaning "much our of little").
Rob Raeside, 05 August 2000

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