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Sayward, British Columbia (Canada)

Strathcona Regional District

Last modified: 2011-09-10 by rob raeside
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[Sayward, British Columbia] image located by Valentin Poposki, 8 November 2010

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Description of the flag

The flag of the Village of Sayward, British Columbia, is vertically divided blue-white-blue with village shield in the center of the white field. Full description:
"Whereas James Arthur Loftus, formerly Mayor of the Corporation of the Village of Sayward in the Province of British Columbia did represent to the Chief Herald of Canada that the Village of Sayward, named for William Parsons Sayward, a pioneer, was founded in 1911 and incorporated in as a Village municipality by Letters Patent dated the 27th day of June 1968 issued pursuant to the terms of Section 10A of the Municipal Act, revised statutes of British Columbia, 1960, which village municipality had its boundaries altered and extended by Letters Patent dated the 9th day of November, 1976 and the 9th day of November, 1979 and that the affairs of the said Village of Sayward are governed by a Council composed of the Mayor and four Aldermen;
And Whereas James Arthur Loftus did advise the Chief Herald that it is the wish of Council that the Village of Sayward be granted arms by lawful authority, which desire has been confirmed by the present Mayor, Valarie Diane Lyons;
And Whereas a Warrant dated the 12th day of March 1991 has been received from the Deputy Herald Chancellor of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, Lieutenant-General Francois Richard, authorizing this granting to the Village of Sayward of such armorial bearings as are fitting and appropriate;
Now know you that pursuant to the authority vested in His Excellency the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Chancellor and Principal companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, one of her Majesty's Counsel learned in the Law, Governor General and commander-in-chief of Canada, to exercise the armorial prerogative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada by Letters Patent dated the 4th day of June 1988, and the terms of my commission of Office, I , the chief Herald of Canada do by these Presents grant and assign to the Village of Sayward the following Arms: Or a killer whale naiant Sable embellished Argent on a chief sapine Azure a Salmon naiant Argent; And for a crest: Upon a helmet mantled Azure doubled Or on a wreath Or and Azure Trumpeter Swan sitting close Argent; And for a Motto: AMICUS NATURAE;
And I do further grant and assign the following Supporters: Upon a compartment of two grassy mounds joined by barry wavy Azure and Argent two Roosevelt Elk or each gorged with a collar indented on the upper side Azure; And for a Flag: Azure on a Canadian pale Argent an escutcheon of the Arms; 
As are also more plainly depicted in the painting herewith provided and entered in Volume II, page 128 of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, to be borne and used for ever hereafter by the Village of Sayward according to the Law of Arms of Canada.
Given under my hand and the Seal of the Canadian Heraldic Authority at Rideau Hall in the City of Ottawa this twenty-first day of October in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and ninety-one, in the second year of the His Excellency's service in office and in the fortieth year of Her Majesty's reign.
In Testimony whereof the Herald Chancellor, Judith Anne LaRocque, and the Deputy Herald Chancellor, Lieutenant-General Francois Richard, have witnessed this action with their signatures."

Image of the flag and information thanks to Cameron Cairncross, CAO.

The village:
"First settled as Port Kusum in the 1890's, at the mouth of Salmon River overlooking Johnstone Strait, the settlement was officially named Sayward in 1911, after William Parsons Sayward, a carpenter and lumber merchant who moved from California to Victoria in 1858, becoming a very successful lumberman on the Island. Although he never visited the Sayward area, the government of the day decided he deserved some honour and so named the community after him. When the first settlers arrived, there was a small First Nations Village on the Salmon River. By 1917, the Village was empty and today the reserve in unoccupied, with most of the descendants living in nearby communities. The 2006 population of the village was 341."

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Valentin Poposki, 8 November 2010

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