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Saint-René-de-Matane, Quebec (Canada)


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[Saint-René-de-Matane flag] image by Olivier Touzeau, 11 June 2020

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The Municipality

Saint-René-de-Matane has 1,000 inhabitants, 255.70 km˛

The municipality's namesake and parish's patron saint is St. René Goupil (1608-1642, canonized on 29 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI), the first of the eight North American Martyrs of the Roman Catholic Church to receive the crown of martyrdom and the first canonized Catholic martyr in North America.
Ivan Sache, 12 June 2020


White flag with coat-of-arms.
Olivier Touzeau, 11 June 2020

The shield is surrounded by maple leaves and fleurs-de-lis that symbolize the municipality's belonging to Canada and Quebec, respectively. Above the shield is featured the writing "ST-RENÉ-DE-MATANE".

In the shield's upper part, the cross on the hill symbolizes the Christian legacy of the municipality, which was canonically erected in 1968.
In the central left part, a boat emphasizes the significance of the river.
The central right part illustrates the exploitation, with axe, of the important forest resource.
The lower left part features a sun going down behind mountains and the river.
The lower right part features a wheat garb, as a symbol of the connection with the land and of the municipality's rural vocation.

Beneath the shield, the French motto "Agriculture, Nature, Sylviculture".
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 12 June 2020