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Saint-Valérien-de-Milton, Quebec (Canada)

Les Maskoutains, Montérégie

Last modified: 2022-03-18 by rob raeside
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[Saint-Valérien-de-Milton flag] image by Olivier Touzeau, 7 June 2020

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Saint-Valérien-de-Milton (1,800 inhabitants, 107.7 km²)
Olivier Touzeau, 7 June 2020


White flag with coat of arms and name below (pictures taken in 2011, 2016, 2018)
Olivier Touzeau, 7 June 2020

"Vert a river argent in bend charged with a wheel azure surrounded in base by a wheat garb or tied azure in chief by a tree leafed or trunked and slipped sable. A chief or charged with two keys sable in saltire headed dexter with a fleur-de-lis azure sinister with an English rose gules. The shield supported with two branches each composed of four fleurs-de-lis azure on two maple leaves gules. Beneath the shield a scroll or inscribed with the motto "Fierté et prospérité".

The river argent represents river Noire, which was for the pioneers both an obstacle and the first industries' power. The wheel symbolizes the first mills and the municipality's present industrial increase.
Wheat recalls the work of the first colonists who cleared the land and sown crops. It evokes the parish's agricultural orientation through its numerous and diverse crops and animal farms. The tree represents the ancestors' first source of income: the commerce of Canadian hemlock bark, potash, timberwood, and maple sugar. It symbolizes the municipality's family that has been blossoming for more than 150 years.

The fleur-de-lis-headed key represents the church government, while the fleur-delis symbolizing France recalls the Roman Catholic religion and the French language. The rose-headed key represents the municipality established by the English colonial authorities. The crossed key represent the respective power of the two entities that act together with the citizens to carry on work started in the past.
The fleurs-de-lis, the emblem of the French monarchy, symbolize Quebec people, while the maple leaves evoke Canada.
Histoire du Québec
Ivan Sache, 11 June 2020