Newfoundland and Labrador adopts new flag

On today’s date in 1980, Newfoundland and Labrador adopted its provincial flag.

In 1979, Canada Post featured the provincial flags on its Provincial and Territorial Flags issue (Scott 821-832). Included in the issue was a 17-cent stamp (CS Scott # 830) featuring the flag of Newfoundland and Labrador. Printed by Ashton-Potter, the multi-coloured Newfoundland stamp has general tagging on two opposite edges.

Released on Canada Day, 1979, the sheet depicts the flags of the 12 provinces and territories that made up Canada at the time. The following year, Newfoundland and Labrador (pictured here with the Union Jack) adopted its own flag, and in 1999, the territory Nunavut was established.

Canada Post featured the flags of the 12 provinces and territories making up Canada in 1979 for this stamp sheet.

Canada Post featured the flags of the 12 provinces and territories making up Canada in 1979 for this stamp sheet.

The former flag of Newfoundland, the Union Jack, was adopted in 1931 and used as its national flag until joining Canada in 1949. In 1952, the Union Jack was readopted as the official provincial flag and used officially until 1980.

Newfoundland artist Christopher Pratt designed the current flag of Newfoundland and Labrador, which was flown for the first time on Discovery Day, June 24, 1980.

The design was chosen for its broad symbolism. The blue represents the sea, the white represents snow and ice of winter, the red represents the effort and struggle of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and the gold symbolizes the confidence the province’s population has in itself and its future.

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