What Flag Is that 08.23.2022

The second most populous city in Canada. It is the capital of the Quebec Province: Montreal.

It is the most bilingual city in Canada with 71% speaking French and 51% speaking both French and English. It was originally ‘founded’ (stolen from First Nation People) in 1642 and dubbed ‘Ville-Marie’, ‘City of Mary’. Montreal comes from Mount Royal, a triple peaked hill in the center of the city.

It is listed as the 12th most livable city in the world. It is an international city with the second highest number of consulates in North America. And, (it a big and!) The Montreal Canadians have won more Stanley Cups than any other NHL team.

The flag is based on the Coat of Arms of the city.

The original coat of arms 1833 – 1938.
The current Coat of Arms. A beaver on a wreath with the Red Cross and five emblems representing the people who make up the population. The Latin saying translated “Salvation through Harmony”.
The flag from 1939 – 2017

The flag was updated in 2017 which is why it caught my attention. Looking at each element of the design we find a progressive sensitive response to an important issue. Each icon represent the ethnic groups of the city.

A heraldic Red Cross with a disc added to the center. It represents the Christian values of the city.
The blue Fleur-de-lys standing for the French house of Boubon and the French population.
The red Rose of Lancaster stands for the English.
A green shamrock for the Irish
A Thistle for the Scottish.
In 2017 the city government officially changed it’s flag to recognize First Nation Indigenous Peoples. The White Pine is a central symbol of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois. The White Pine is centered on the cross to demonstrate the centrality and continual presence of First Nation People.

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