Last modified: 2023-08-19 by rob raeside
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The flag and arms were approved by the CHA on September 15, 2022.
A banner of the Arms, adextré Or a cerulean warbler singing contourné proper.
Dave Fowler, 19 July 2023
Per pale Vert and Or on a pile reversed throughout per pale Argent and Azure a log cabin above a bar gemel wavy counterchanged.
Green, gold and blue, emblematic colours of Ireland, Germany and France respectively, represent the origins of the first settlers of Mulgrave-et-Derry. These colours also highlight the natural resources of the region—the forests, minerals and lakes—and the combination of blue and white alludes to the beauty of its landscape, summer and winter. The division of the shield refers to the geography of the municipality: Derry to the west, Mulgrave to the east, the two regions being separated by hills embodied here by the central triangle. The log cabin symbolizes the architecture and industries of the region, past and present, with its settlers’ houses, logging industry, fishing clubs and modern cottages. The wavy lines suggest the local lakes and rivers as well as snowmobile tracks.
A cerulean warbler singing proper perched on an oak branch fructed Or leaved Vert.
The cerulean warbler is a small songbird found high in the hardwood forests of Mulgrave-et-Derry during breeding time. A threatened species, it symbolizes the community’s efforts to protect the environment and preserve the beauty of the natural landscape. The oak represents local flora, and its acorns, the community’s hopes for the future.
AD HARMONIAM CUM NATURA.
Meaning “Towards harmony with nature,” this Latin phrase states the community’s call to action to protect the environment.
Two black bears proper, that to the dexter supporting on its shoulder a pickaxe Or its blade Argent, that to the sinister supporting on its shoulder an axe Or its blade Argent, both standing on a grassy mount set with bloodroot wildflowers proper and a split-rail fence Or.
The black bear represents local fauna. The bloodroot flower, a local vulnerable species, evokes the fragility of nature. The pickaxe and axe refer to mining and logging, industries that have marked the community’s history. The split-rail fence alludes to agriculture, which was also part of the early development of the municipality. The fence also symbolizes protection, thus expressing the community’s preservation of and care for nature..
Dave Fowler, 19 July 2023