Yukon. Formerly known as Yukon Territory. It is the least populated and westernmost province in Canada.
In 1898 it split from the North West Territory. In 2002 it was officially named Yukon. English and French are spoken and the Yukon government officially recognizes all First Nation languages.
The name Yukon is derived from the First Nation Gwich’in people term for ‘white water river’. It denotes the source of the rivers – runoff from glaciers.
The flag came about after a design contest in 1968. (The winner received 100 Canadian dollars). It is a banded green, white and blue tricolor with the coat of arms in the middle. Green for the forests; White for the snow; Blue for the rivers. Under the coat of arms is a wreath of the territorial flower, the fireweed.
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