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Submitted By: Kev Strowbridge

Labrador Flag

The mainland of Newfoundland and Labrador has it’s own flag. Although not officially recognized by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Labrador Flag is a symbol of pride and achievement for the Labrador people.

Represented by the flag is the celebration of all things that are uniquely Labradorian. The harsh environment and the effects of that on the three distinct races of people living there, as well as Labrador’s past and future is summed up in the Labrador Flag.

 

The Meaning of the Labrador Flag

The top white bar represents the snows. This element has, more than any other, colored the culture and dictated the life styles of the Labradorians. The snows are highways, and also the regulator of the waters, which provide the fish and wildlife, the two main sources of sustenance.

The bottom bar represents the waters of the rivers, lakes, and ocean. The waters have been highways, like the snows, and nurtured our fish and wildlife.

The center green bar represents the Land. The green and bountiful land is the connecting element that united the three diverse cultures.

The spruce twig was chosen because the spruce tree is the one thing that is common to all geographic areas of Labrador. It has provided shelter, transport, fuel and - in an indirect way - food and clothing (since the spruce forests became the environment for the wildlife which gave us meat for our tables, and the skins for clothing and trade). It was from the spruce that Labradorians sawed planks and timbers for boats, komotiks, and houses.

The three branches of the spruce twig represent the three races, the Innuit, the Indian; and the European settlers. The twig growing from one stalk represents the common origins of man regardless of race.

The twig is in two sections, or year growths. The outer, or latest year growth, is longer than the inner, or earlier sprigs. This happens in good-growing years. The twig grows longer than in the poor years. The inner and shorter sprig reminds Labradorians of the hard times of the past, while the longer, outside sprig, represents hope for the future.


A Different Use

According to Labradorians, the flag is a rare sight. Some "Labrador separatists" {people who want Labrador to separate from Newfoundland and Labrador and make it a province of its own in Canada} fly the Labrador Flag to express their political views. However, don't let the use of the flag for political purposes detract from the true meanings of the Labrador Flag.

 


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