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Richelieu, Quebec (Canada)


Last modified: 2022-02-26 by rob raeside
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[flag] image by Masao Okazaki, 19 February 2022
based on photo located by Dave Fowler, 17 February 2022

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The municipality

The town of Richelieu (5,236 inhabitants in 2016; 3,250 ha) is located 40 km west of Montreal.

Richelieu was established as a village on 1 January 1869, as part of the former feudal domain of Chambly, which had been grated in 1672 to Jacques de Chambly. Richelieu was granted the status of town in 1969.
The town was named for river Richelieu, which forms its western limit. Named for Cardinal Richelieu 1585-1642), main minister of King of France Louis XIII, the river was known in Abenaqui as Masoliantekw ("water containing a lot of food"), and, in the beginning of the French colonization, as Iroquois' River.
Ivan Sache, 18 February 2022

Description of the flag

Flag is a logo on white.
Dave Fowler, 17 February 2022

What appears on the flag is indeed a simplified, counter-colored version of the logo, which was designed in February 1986 by Jocelyn Viens.
The typographic effect obtained by the stylization of letter "R" and its repetition yields a graphic and stylized image with increased visual impact. The conception is designed to illustrate Richelieu's important element, its "river". The design of the wave inscribed in a circular movement, a symbol of force, dynamism and mutual aid, conveys the spirit of the town of Richelieu.
Blue is a symbol of leisure, harmony and communication. It recalls natural element such as the sky and water, which the town of Richelieu is committed to preserve.
Town website
Ivan Sache, 18 February 2022