The colours, blue and gold, are the ones preferred by the
Nunavut Implementation Commissioners to symbolize the riches
of the land, sea and sky. Red is a reference to Canada.
Symbolism of the arms
The dominant colours, blue and gold, are the ones preferred
by the Nunavut Implementation Commissioners to symbolize the
riches of the land, sea and sky.
In the base of the shield, the inuksuk symbolizes
the stone monuments which guide the people on the land and
mark sacred and other special places. The qulliq, or Inuit stone
lamp, represents light and the warmth of family and
Above, the concave arc of five gold circles refers to the
life-giving properties of the sun arching above and below the
horizon, the unique part of the Nunavut year.
The star is the Niqirtsuituq, the North Star and the
traditional guide for navigation and more broadly, forever
remains unchanged as the leadership of the elders in the
In the crest, the iglu represents the traditional
life of the people and the means of survival. It also
symbolizes the assembled members of the Legislature meeting
together for the good of Nunavut; with the Royal Crown
symbolizing public government for all the people of Nunavut
and the equivalent status of Nunavut with other territories
and provinces in Canadian Confederation.
The tuktu (caribou) and qilalugaq
tugaalik (narwhal) refer to land and sea animals which
are part of the rich natural heritage of Nunavut and provide
sustenance for people.
The compartment at the base is composed of land and sea and
features three important species of Arctic wild flowers. The
motto, in Inuktitut - NUNAVUT SANGINIVUT - means "Nunavut, our strength."
- Government of Canada
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