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Registration of a Flag and Badge
December 15, 2022
Vol. VIII, p. 137
Flag of the Huron-Wendat Nation
Argent the Badge bordered in chief by the wampum belt of the Huron-Wendat Nation and in base by a two-row wampum belt proper;
The wampum belt with the hatchet is the symbol of the alliance between the Huron-Wendat Nation and the British Crown; it represents the hatchet given by King George III in the 1760s. The other belt recalls the two-row wampums of Haudenosaunee origin that emphasized the peaceful coexistence of two nations walking in the same direction without interfering with each other.
Badge of the Huron-Wendat Nation
A roundel Bleu Céleste charged with a beaver contourné gnawing on an aspen branch and sejant on a lodge issuant from a base of water, in chief three Canada geese volant contourné, the whole within a wreath of sweetgrass, surmounted in chief by two snowshoes in saltire and set above a canoe carved thereon a deer at gaze, a turtle naiant, a bear ambulant and a wolf statant ululant, all proper;
The beaver, an emblem long used by the Hurons, symbolizes work, endurance, intelligence and pride; it also represents the Huron-Wendat Nation and its ability to adapt to its environment. The lodge evokes the community and its strength. The Canada geese recall the story of the creation of the world, in which the geese came to the aid of Aataentsic, the mother of humanity, caught her when she fell from the sky and placed her on the Great Turtle, which offered its shell as a place to live for all Indigenous peoples. The sweetgrass symbolizes spirituality, medicinal plants and the forest, essential elements for the Nation. The canoe and the snowshoes were traditional modes of transportation. The deer, turtle, bear and wolf are the emblems of four of the eight clans of the Nation.