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Symbolism of the Armorial Bearings
of the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn

Ramon John HnatyshynArms (Shield):

As in the flag of the Ukraine (from where His Excellency’s family originated), the background of the shield is divided horizontally, sky-blue over gold. The vice-regal lion in the upper half recalls his appointment as Canada’s 24th Governor General since Confederation; below it, the lion holding a heart is drawn from the arms of Denmark, in honour of the country from which His Excellency’s father came to Canada. The shield is encircled with the motto of the Order of Canada and beneath it is suspended the insignia of a Companion of the Order.

Crest (above the shield):

The red lion of Saskatchewan, His Excellency’s native province, is charged with a white maple leaf on each shoulder (one visible) representing Their Excellencies’ two sons. The lion carries scales of justice, emblematic of the law, His Excellency’s profession.

Compartment and Supporters:

A deer and a bull, each in sky-blue and gold, stand above a compartment symbolizing the forests and grainfields of Saskatchewan, which rise above waters representing the South Saskatchewan River. The deer, one of the supporters of the arms of the province of Saskatchewan, wears a collar featuring the badge of the House of Commons of Canada. The bull is a symbol of Bukovina, the birthplace of His Excellency’s parents. On its collar is a special emblem linking Saskatchewan and the Ukraine: on the prairie lily –Saskatchewan flower- is the Ukrainian trident (tryzub), the symbol of the Ukrainian people for over a millennium.


MODERATIO IN OMNIBUS, a latin phrase meaning “Moderation in all things”.

Updated: 2019-03-29
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