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Oujé-Bougoumou, Quebec (Canada)

Établissement amérindien d’Oujé-Bougoumou

Last modified: 2012-08-09 by rob raeside
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[Oujé-Bougoumou flag] contributed by Luc Baronian
Cree syllabic script: ᐅᒒᐳᑯᒧᐤ
 

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Don Healy has graciously forwarded to me an email response he got from Oujé-Bougoumou, confirming they use their "logo" on a "white or off-white" background. I have found an explanation of this symbol in the July-August 1998 issue of Géographica (p. 10), where it is described as a coat of arms (my translation):

The arms of Oujé-Bougoumou sum up the history and struggle of the Cree of Chibougamau to rediscover their identity. On a beaver skin background, symbol of the Cree nation, a woman and her child recall the generations in evolution and the birth of a new community. A canoe represents the traditional values, and its reflection the Cree bands: there are eight of them on one side and nine on the other, the ninth corresponding to Oujé-Bougoumou. Finally, the sun in the background expresses the hope for a better life for the Cree of today and tomorrow.

The syllabic script below spells out the name of the community, which, like its cognate Chibougamau (the adjacent city) means "Where the people gather".
Luc Baronian, 20 May 2005
 
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