Backgrounder - Order of Newfoundland and Labrador Insignia
The insignia of the Order is in the shape of a stylized pitcher plant (sarracenia
purpurea Linnaeus), which was declared Newfoundland and Labradorís fl oral
emblem in 1954. The petals are crafted with the provincial mineral, Labradorite.
The pitcher plant is found primarily in bogs and marshland throughout the
province. It has a large wine-red fl ower with a red and gold centre, and hollow
pitcher-shaped leaves are attached to the base of the stem.
The insignia of the Order has at its centre the Arms of the Province, granted by
King Charles I, in January 1638. The Arms incorporate some of the most ancient
heraldic symbols, the unicorn representing Scotland and the lion representing
The gold elements of the medal represent the excellence of achievement that the
Order of Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes.
The Crown is taken from the official standard of the Lieutenant Governor of
Newfoundland and Labrador, the Chancellor of the Order of Newfoundland
and Labrador. It symbolizes honour and merit, and recalls Newfoundland and
Labradorís place as a province of Canada, a constitutional monarchy, and as part
of the Commonwealth.
The colours of the ribbon are those often used in provincial flags and ribbons:
- The green is evocative of the land and our forests.
- The white represents the snow and ice that covers much of our province
- The blue symbolizes the sea that has shaped so much of our heritage.
- The gold symbolizes the richness of our province and its people.
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