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Yukon Comissioner Coat of ArmsCommissioner of Yukon's Coat of Arms

The Commissioner's Coat of Arms shows the Yukon Coat of Arms surrounded by six gold maple leaves to denote the territory of Yukon. Two blossoms of fireweed sit atop the maple leaves. This Coat of Arms can be used on a flag or standard with a royal blue background. The standard can be used on an official vehicle or flown outside a building when the Commissioner is in attendance.

Yukon Coat of ArmsThe Yukon Coat of Arms

The Yukon's Coat of Arms was commissioned by the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and designed by well-known heraldry expert Alan Beddoe in the early 1950's. It was approved officially by Queen Elizabeth II in February 1956.

  • A red, blue, gold and white shield surmounted by a malamute (or husky) standing on a mound of snow.
  • Wavy vertical white and blue stripes represent the Yukon River and the gold-bearing creeks of the Klondike.
  • Red spire-like forms represent the territory's mountains and the gold circles within symbolize mineral resources.
  • At the top of the shield is a cross of St. George in recognition of the early English explorers and a "roundel in vair" as a symbol of the fur trade.

The Yukon Flag

Yukon flag

The Yukon flag was designed by Lynn Lambert of Destruction Bay, Yukon as part of a territory-wide design contest sponsored by the Whitehorse branch of the Royal Canadian Legion as part of Canada's 1967 centennial year celebrations. It was officially accepted as the territorial flag in 1968.

The Yukon flag has three vertical panels:

  • The green panel on the inner edge symbolizes the forestes.
  • The white centre panel signifies snow.
  • The blue panel on the outer edge represents yukon's rivers and lakes. 
  • The Yukon Coat of Arms appears on the cetre panel framed by two stems of fireweed.

Commissioner Phillips' personal coat of armsFormer Commissioner Phillips' Personal Coat of Arms

Each commissioner of the territories and lieutenant governor of the provinces is granted their own personal coat of arms by the Governor General. Commissioner Phillips was presented with his official coat of arms by Governor General David Johnston during a ceremony at the Hall of Honours in Ottawa on June 26, 2012.

Each part of the Crest represents part of former Commissioners Phillips' life:

  • The Cabin at the top represents his trap line cabin at Morris Lake.
  • The mountain goat and dall sheep represent his love for Yukon’s mountains and wildlife.
  • The trees in the center represent the forests of Yukon.
  • The split tail beaver at the base represents his adoption by Tlingit elder Ida Calmegane as her son in the Deshitan Clan.
  • The mountain goat and Dall Sheep are standing on the spectacular mountains of Yukon surrounded by fireweed, Yukon’s territorial flower.
  • The cross in the center of the mountain is the insignia of the Order of Saint John, into which the Douglas Phillips was knighted in 2011.
  • The blue ribbon on the bottom signifies the magnificent Yukon River and Yukon’s many Lakes.

The motto on the banner is in Gallic recognizing former Commissioner Phillips' Scottish heritage. Translated into English, it says “Family is Bedrock”, recognizing the strength and importance of family.

Yukon's Official Flower

Adopted in 1957, the Fireweed, Epilobium angustifolium, is one of the most beautiful flowers of the north, blooming from July to September. This hardy plant is one of the first plants to appear following a fire. While all parts of the flower are edible, Fireweed sprouts are often harvested and cooked as greens.




Yukon Tartan

The Yukon tartan was designed by Janet Couture of Watson Lake in 1965 and was first proposed as the official territorial tartan during the 1967 Canadian centennial celebrations. The tartan was accepted years later by the King of Arms of Her Majesty's New Registry House in Edinburgh in October 1984. A Yukon Tartan Act was passed by the Yukon Legislature in 1984.

The Yukon tartan is a recent and non-traditional addition to the world's official tartans. The woven cloth is composed of green, dark blue, magenta, yellow and white stripes in varying widths on a light blue background.


  • The crystalline blue background represents Yukon's sky
  • The green symbolizes the territory's forests
  • White symbolizes snow
  • Yellow suggest Yukon's gold
  • Magenta is the colour of fireweed, Yukon's floral emblem
  • Dark blue represents the mountains and lakes