1840’s Robert Campbell, a Hudson’s Bay Company explorer, was the first
European to travel the district. Fur traders, prospectors and whalers
followed him. In 1870 the area became part of the region known as the
Northwest Territories. But it was in 1896 that the biggest changes began.
Gold was found in a tributary of the Klondike River near what became Dawson
City. The ensuing gold rush attracted hopefuls from around the world. The
population boomed to around 38,000 and transport routes were opened up.
the Yukon became a separate territory with Dawson City the capital but the
city declined as the gold ran out. In 1953 Whitehorse, situated at the Alaska
Highway and the railway, became the capital.
non-official coat of arms for the Yukon Territory there appeared at the turn
of the century:
Arms: Azure, three piles reversed
Gules, edged Or each pile charged with three besants per pale, and a chief
Or, a lion passant guardant Gules.
of arms disappeared when a new achievement was granted tot the Dominion of Canada.
non-provincial areas in the country, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, had
ensigns of public authority assigned to them by the Warrant of Her present
Majesty on 19th October, 1956. Those for the Yukon are blazoned:
Arms: Azure, on a pallet wavy Argent a
like pallet of the field, issuant from the base two piles reversed Gules
edged also Argent each charged with two besants in pale, and on a chief
Argent a Cross Gules surmounted by a roundle Vair.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Gules a Husky
Dog standing on a mount of snow Proper.
pallet wavy represents the Yukon and other rivers of the area in which the
discovery of placer gold led to the Klondike Gold Rush. The mountainous
nature of the Territory as well as its mineral resources are alluded to by
the two symbolic mountains and gold discs on either side of the central
charge. The St. George’s Cross in chief refers to the early exploration and
development carried out, in the main, by Englishman. The fur trade is also
referred to by the roundel of heraldic fur at the centre of the cross. The
Malamute dog, of the crest, has played an important part in the early history
of the Yukon, and is noted for its courage, loyalty and stamina. 
surrounded by a garland of fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium – Onagraceae).
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
the achievement of Yukon Province.
of State of Canada presents his humble duty to Her Majesty the Queen.
He has the honour to
submit that it is expedient that there should be granted and assigned to the
Yukon Territory, Canada, the following Armorial Bearings, that is to say:
on a pallet wavy Argent, a like Pallet of the field issuant from base two
reversed Gules edged also Argent
each charged with two Bezants in pale on a Chief
Argent a Cross Gules surmounted of
a Roundel Vair.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Gules A Husky Dog
standing on a Mount of Snow proper.
The Secretary of State of Canada,
therefor, humbly Petitions Her Majesty to give authority accordingly by
endorsing Her Royal approval of the present submission with Her Royal Hand.
The Secretary of State of Canada remains
Her Majesty’s most faithful and obedient servant.
Secretary of State of
Ottawa, February 17,
© Hubert de Vries 2015-12-11
 Swan, Conrad: The Canadian Arms of Dominion
and Sovereignty. In: Recueil du Ve
Congrès International des Sciences Généalogique et Héraldique à Stockholm. Stockholm, 1960 pp. 268-269
 Dept. of the Secretary of
State of Canada. Registration Division, Ottawa, March 12, 1956. Recorded Film
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