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Flag of the Yukon (Canada) image by Clay Moss, 22 August 2009
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From the Yukon web site:

The Yukon flag is the product of a territory-wide design competition sponsored by the Whitehorse branch of the Royal Canadian Legion as part of Canada's 1967 centennial year celebrations.

There were 137 submissions. One of the 10 designs submitted by Lynn Lambert of Destruction Bay was among the three final flags selected by a judging committee.

Lambert had just graduated from the drafting program at the Yukon Vocational and Technical Training Centre (now Yukon College) and was motivated by his keen interest in art and his knowledge of the Yukon. Lambert had submitted several designs in hopes of winning the contest. He received formal recognition of his efforts at the opening of the 1967 Trade Show in Whitehorse. His design was officially accepted as the territorial flag in 1968. [on 1 December 1967 according to Chris] The Yukon flag consists of three vertical panels: a central panel of white flanked by a green panel on the inner edge and a blue panel on the outer edge. The Yukon Coat of Arms appears on the central panel framed by two stems of fireweed, the territory's floral emblem. The blue represents the Yukon's rivers and lakes, the green symbolizes the forests and white signifies snow.

Ivan Sache, 29 September 2004

The territorial arms received Royal Assent on 24 February 1956, and the flag (winning entry in a design competition) was adopted by a 'Flag Act' of 1 December 1967. The colours were laid down in the Act as green 503-115, blue 502-204 and red 509-103 all conforming to the Canadian Government Specification Board Standard Paint Colours, Part One, No.1.GP-12c, 1965.
Christopher Southworth, 14 March 2003

Flag of the Yukon
1(1) The flag described in the Schedule is hereby adopted as the flag of the Yukon.

(2) A sample of the flag of the Yukon, in coloured textile material, is on deposit in the offices of the Minister; in any manufacture or representation of the flag of the Yukon, the colours used shall so far as is practicable match the colours shown in the sample. R.S., c.68, s1.-

The flag consists of three vertical panels, the centre panel being one and one-half times the width of each of the other two panels. The panel adjacent to the mast is coloured green (503-515), the centre panel is coloured white and has the Yukon crest disposed above a symbolic representation of the floral emblem of the Yukon, Epilobium angustifolium, and the panel on the fly is coloured blue (502-204). The stem and leaves of the floral emblem are coloured green (503-115), and the flowers thereof are coloured red (509-103). The Yukon crest is coloured red (509-103), and blue (502-204), with the Malamute dog coloured black. (Code numbers are references to the Canadian Government Specifications Board publication known as the Standard Paint Colours, Part I, and numbered 1-GP-12c, 1965.) - Flag Act

The coat of arms is described in the Government of Yukon's website as follows:
"A red, blue, gold and white shield surmounted by a malamute (or husky) standing on a mound of snow. Wavy vertical white and blue stripes represent the Yukon River and the gold-bearing creeks of the Klondike. Red spire-like forms represent the territory's mountains and the gold circles within symbolize mineral resources. At the top of the shield is a cross of St. George in recognition of the early English explorers and a "roundel in vair" as a symbol of the fur trade.

The Yukon's Coat of Arms was commissioned by the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and designed by well-known heraldry expert Alan Beddoe in the early 1950's. It was approved officially by Queen Elizabeth II in February 1956." - Government of Yukon's website

The coat of arms was registered on 15 October 2006 on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, Vol. V, p. 74, as announced on 17 March 2007 in the Canada Gazette, Vol. 141, p. 587.

Azure two pallets wavy argent between two piles reversed gules fimbriated argent, each charged with two bezants, on a chief argent a cross gules surmounted by a roundel vair;
A husky statant on a mount of snow proper;. - Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges

The official flower is described in the Government of Yukon's website as follows:
"Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) was chosen as Yukon's floral emblem in 1957. It is a hardy plant and grows along Yukon roadsides, river bars and clearings from mid-July to September. Its blooms are a bright magenta, making it one of the most attractive plants in the North. Itís also one of the first plants to appear after a forest fire." - Government of Yukon's website

The Floral Emblem Act is, as Chapter 92, in the Revised Statutes of the Yukon 2002.

"Floral Emblem Act
Adoption of floral emblem
1. The flower known botanically as Epilobium angustifolium and popularly known s 'fireweed' is adopted and shall be deemed to be the floral emblem of Yukon. R.S., c.69, s.1." - Floral Emblem Act
Ivan ache, 3 August 2012

Commissioner's Flag

Flag of the Yukon (Canada) image by Eugene Ipavec, 5 August 2008

From the Commissioner's website:

The Commissioner's Coat of Arms shows the Yukon Coat of Arms surrounded by six gold maple leaves to denote the territory of Yukon. Two blossoms of fireweed sit atop the maple leaves. This Coat of Arms can be used on a flag or standard with a royal blue background. The standard can be used on an official vehicle or flown outside a building when the Commissioner is in attendance.

Valentin Poposki, 30 July 2008

Subdivisions of Yukon Territory

  • 1 city
  • 3 towns
  • 4 villages
  • 2 hamlets
    • Ibex Valley
    • Mt. Lorne
  • 13 settlements
    • Beaver Creek
    • Burwash Landing
    • Carcross
    • Destruction Bay
    • Johnsons Crossing
    • Keno Hill
    • Old Crow
    • Pelly Crossing
    • Ross River
    • Stewart Crossing
    • Swift River
    • Tagish
    • Upper Liard
  • 10 Amerindian reserves or settlements
    • Carcross 4 (Reserve)
    • Champagne Landing 10 (Settlement)
    • Kloo Lake (Settlement)
    • Klukshu (Settlement)
    • Lake Laberge 1 (Reserve)
    • Moosehide Creek 2 (Reserve)
    • Teslin Tlingit Council (Teslin Land)
    • Teslin Post 13 (Reserve)
    • Two and One-Half Mile Village (Settlement)
    • Two Mile Village (Settlement)
  • 2 unorganized territories
    • Whitehorse, Unorganized
    • Yukon, Unorganized
  • Local Advisory Councils
    • South Klondike LAC
    • Tagish LAC
Luc Baronian, April 23, 2005 (augmented with information from Statistics Canada)