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Saint-Barnabé, Quebec (Canada)

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Last modified: 2019-12-08 by rob raeside
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[flag of Saint-Barnabé] image by Olivier Touzeau, 4 November 2019
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The Municipality

The parish municipality of Saint-Barnabé (1,200 inhabitants, 59.2 km²).
The parish is also known as Saint-Barnabé-Nord.
Olivier Touzeau, 3 November 2019


Blue flag with white stripes at the top and the bottom and the coat of arms in the center of the blue stripe. The name of the municipality is written in blue in the lower white stripe.
The same flag can be seen in front of the seat of the municipality:,-72.8785194,3a,75y,114.45h,103.85t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sc1UsR0e_65Jq8xxgpLGcWA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
But it seems, and appears too on the Facebook page of Saint-Barnabé, that the reverse side of the flag in front its seat has no letters on the white stripe: 
Olivier Touzeau
, 3 November 2019

The arms of Saint-Barnabé highlight its glorious history since the parish's official foundation (1832).

The blue cross that quarters the shield symbolizes the deep and robust faith of the pioneers.
The bishop's crosier superimposed to the cross recalls the parish's patron saint, St. Barnabas, an apostle, disciple and St. Paul's fellow. Blue suggests frankness and loyalty while or represents the power of offering and faith.
[Not listed among the Twelve Apostles, Barnabas, like Paul, is traditionally called an apostle, though. Different traditions present him as the founder of the Church in Cyprus or as the Bishop of Milan. According to the Acts, Barnabas introduced Paul to the Apostles and the the Christians of Antioch; he was Paul's first fellow in his missionary journeys.]

The first quarter feature the symbols of agriculture, green pastures and golden wheat stored in barns.
The second quarter glorifies the early colonists for the progressive clearing, first with axes, then with watermills or electricity. Red recalls heroic effort, sweat, and even shed blood.
The third quarter represents brick industry, recalling that several houses of the parish are made of bricks. The field or and argent used for the oven and the brick trowel mean local resources.
The fourth quarter illustrates mineral water, then called "saline". Green recalls the great and beautiful natural environment.

The two branches of maple surrounding the shield recall sugar shacks and the related pleasures, as a symbol of patriotism.
The French motto "Amour, Coopération, Ténacité" (Love, Cooperation, Tenacity) summarizes all of these symbols.
The fleur-de-lis above the shield recalls the motherland, France, and love for the [French] language.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 16 November 2019