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by Jan Oskar Engene
Adopted: October 1986
Designer: Lily Fortin
Proportions: unknown (1:2?)
There are only about 3.200 French speaking people in this province. Their flag is based on the French tricolour and Acadian flag, with three unequal panels of blue, white, and red. Two yellow sails are set on the line between the white and red panels. The sail on top is charged with a spruce twig, while the bottom sail is charged with a pitcher flower. These emblems are outlined in black.
The sails represent early Basque, Breton and French fishermen that came to the area, and the explorer Jaques Cartier. At the same time, they are symbols of action and progress. The yellow is taken from the star of the Acadian flag.
The spruce twig is the emblem of Labrador and is also found on the Labrador flag. Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial flower is the insect eating pitcher plant. This was used on Newfoundland's coins from the time of Queen Victoria until 1938. It was adopted as the province's floral emblem in 1954.
The flag was adopted by the Fédération des Francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador to represent the Franco-Terreneuviens.