Get To Know More about Newfoundland and Labrador
Let’s start off with the origin of the name: John Cabot first used the term “new found isle” in 1497, while the term “Labrador” was actually the Portuguese word “lavrador” or small landholder (not the Labrador Retriever dog breed).
As is noticeable, the flag of Newfoundland and Labrador is unique. There’s actually a story behind that. The flag represents the Canadian province’s past, present, and future. The flag was introduced on June 6, 1980 and was designed by Newfoundland artist Christopher Pratt.
The blue colour represents the sea, the white colour represents the snow and ice of winter, the red colour represents the effort and struggle of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and the gold colour symbolizes the confidence Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have in themselves and for the future.
The blue triangles are meant as a tribute to the Union Flag, and stand for the British heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. The two red triangles are meant to represent the two areas of the province—the mainland and the island. The gold arrow, according to Pratt, points towards a “brighter future”; the arrow becomes a sword, honouring the sacrifices of Newfoundlanders in military service when the flag is draped as a vertical banner. The red triangles and the gold arrow form a trident, symbolizing the province’s dependence on its fisheries and the resources of the sea.
They actually have the oldest city and street in North America, the oldest rock in the world, and the oldest continuous sporting event: Regatta Day rules. The largest university in Atlantic Canada is also found at Newfoundland and Labrador. They also have longest-running radio program in North America and had caught the world’s largest invertebrate (giant squid).
They are the only province to have it’s own encyclopedia, dictionary, pony, and dog.
PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE
Most of Newfoundland’s inhabitants are of English or Irish descent, but in sparsely populated Labrador, the inhabitants are largely Inuit and Montagnais-Naskapi. The languages spoken at Newfoundland and Labrador are at 97.6% English, 0.5% French, and the remaining 1.7% goes to other languages.
As the reigning monarch of Great Britain, the Queen is the head of state for Canada. She is represented federally by the Governor General, and in each province by a lieutenant governor. The present Lieutenant Governor is the Hon. Frank F. Fagan, who was appointed as the Queen’s representative in Newfoundland and Labrador on March 19, 2013.
PLACES TO VISIT
Total: 405,720 sq. km
Newfoundland (island section): 111,390 sq. km
Labrador (mainland section): 294,330 sq. km
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