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Burnaby, British Columbia
Grant of Arms
October 15, 2021
Vol. VIII, p. 33
Arms of Nathaniel Christopher
Gules a pile throughout Argent, overall three barrulets counterchanged between in chief a classical temple Gules and in base a lozenge Sable;
Red and white are found in the flags of Alabama and England, recalling Mr. Christopher’s paternal and maternal ancestries respectively. Combined with the black lozenge, they refer to the arms of Nanaimo, British Columbia, where he grew up. The inverted white triangle suggests a beam of light, which portrays Mr. Christopher’s belief in a light that guides him through life. It also stands for enlightenment and the opportunities that come with hard work, symbolized by the stripes representing stairs. They lead to the classical temple, which echoes the calm high place mentioned by the Motto. It embodies Mr. Christopher’s dream of safety, accomplishment and self-confidence, as well as his deep respect for institutions that provide learning, order and stability.
A raccoon statant Argent embellished Sable supporting a sword point in base Argent hilt and pommel Gules;
The raccoon represents Mr. Christopher’s love of the wildlife that abounds in his neighbourhood. For him, it also symbolizes the importance of animals in the life of people on the autism spectrum. The sword with its point downward is found in the arms of Peterborough, Ontario, as well as in the emblem of Trent University, Peterborough, Mr. Christopher’s alma mater, thus commemorating a turning point in his life.
DULCE EST VIVERE IN SERENIS EDITIS;
This Latin phrase meaning “Sweet it is to dwell in the calm high places” paraphrases a passage of De Rerum Natura by the Roman poet Lucretius, in which a contrast is made between a state of serene wisdom as seen from a higher vantage point and one of turmoil. For Mr. Christopher, it is an ideal of attainment and stability.
Original concept of Fabienne Fusade, Miramichi Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.