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Yukon (province in Canada), flag

Yukon (province in Canada), flag

The Yukon flag is the product of a territory-wide design competition sponsored by the Whitehorse branch of the Royal Canadian Legion as part of Canada's 1967 centennial year celebrations. There were 137 submissions. One of the 10 designs submitted by Lynn Lambert of Destruction Bay was among the three final flags selected by a judging committee. Lambert had just graduated from the drafting program at the Yukon Vocational and Technical Training Centre (now Yukon College) and was motivated by his keen interest in art and his knowledge of the Yukon. Lambert had submitted several designs in hopes of winning the contest. He received formal recognition of his efforts at the opening of the 1967 Trade Show in Whitehorse. His design was officially accepted as the territorial flag in 1968.

The Yukon flag consists of three vertical panels: a central panel of white flanked by a green panel on the inner edge and a blue panel on the outer edge. The Yukon Coat of Arms appears on the central panel framed by two stems of fireweed, the territory's floral emblem. The blue represents the Yukon's rivers and lakes, the green symbolizes the forests and white signifies snow. /Government of Yukon, www.gov.yk.ca/


adopted (dd.mm.yyyy): 1968

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