In this flag, the primary colours of red, gold and blue are placed against a background of white to allow the design to stand out clearly.
The Blue section, most reminiscent of the Union Jack, represents our Commonwealth heritage which has so decisively shaped our present.
The Red section and Gold section, larger than the others, represent our future.
The two triangles outlined in the picture portray the mainland and island parts of our province reaching forward together.
A golden arrow points the way to what we believe will be a bright future.
But the design of the flag encompasses much more symbolism, for example, the Christian Cross, the Beothuck and Naskapi ornamentation, the outline of the maple leaf in the centre of the flag, a triumphant figure and our place in the space age. The image of the trident stands out. This is to emphasize our continued dependence on the fishery and the resources of the sea.
Hung as a banner, the arrow assumes the aspect of a sword which is to remind us of the sacrifice of our War Veterans.
Since the whole flag resembles a Beothuck pendant as well as all of the above, the design takes us from our earliest beginnings and points us confidently forward. It therefore, mirrors our past, present and future.
The flag was officially adopted on June 6, 1980.