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Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada)

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Regina (Saskatchewan - Canada) 5:8 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18


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Regina

Regina is the capital city of Saskatchewan. The city is the second-largest in the province, after Saskatoon, and a cultural and commercial centre for southern Saskatchewan.


Current Flag

Text and image(s) from Canadian City Flags, Raven 18 (2011), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) by permission of Eugene Ipavec.

Design

The flag of the City of Regina is divided horizontally blue over golden yellow, with the blue section twice the height of the yellow section. Centred vertically in the blue section at the hoist is a large royal crown in white with blue details.
Alison Wilkes, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Symbolism

The colours come from the shield of Regina’s coat of arms, on which blue represents the endless prairie sky and gold represents the fields of wheat which play an important role in the city’s economy. The crown, also from the arms, honours Regina as the provincial capital, as well as its royal roots and its name (Regina is Latin for “queen”). Originally called “Wascana” by the native people, and then its English equivalent, “Pile-of-Bones”, because of the huge piles of bison (buffalo) bones left in the area by First Nations hunters, the community was renamed Regina in 1882. The name honoured Queen Victoria, then the sovereign, and was chosen by her fourth daughter, Princess Louise, the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, the governor general of Canada. Regina has been known as the “Queen City of the Prairies” ever since.
Alison Wilkes, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Selection

The Mayor’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Regina’s Symbols, chaired by Mayor Douglas R. Archer, proposed the flag in a memo to Regina’s City Council. The flag was adopted at the meeting of 29 June 1992 and included in the grant of heraldic emblems to the city made by the Canadian Heraldic Authority on 5 September 1992. The style of the crown was modified for the grant.
Alison Wilkes, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Designer

The Mayor’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Regina’s Symbols, with modifications by Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, Canadian Heraldic Authority.
Alison Wilkes, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


Former flag

Regina (Saskatchewan - Canada) 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18

Regina previously used a flag in proportions of 1:2 with a field of “royal purple”, which emphasized the royal connection and the magnificent sunrises that favour “the city on the horizon”. In the fly half, nearly the full height of the flag, is a disc in “old gold”, with a wide band encircling it and a stylized crown in its centre, both in “ermine white”. The crown reflects Regina’s royal roots and the circle around it represents community and places the capital city in the heart of Canada’s bread basket. The crown was designed by city employees Warren Petersmeyer and Jack Walker in the early 1970s as an identification mark for the city’s Public Works and Engineering equipment and vehicles, and became used as a city logo. Sometime before 1986 the city council approved its use on a civic flag.
Alison Wilkes, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


Coat of Arms

[Regina Coat of Arms]
Source: City of Regina

COAT OF ARMS: The elements of the City's original insignia, dating from 1906, have been reinterpreted in heraldic form as the central part of the new coat of arms. The colours echo the gold of the fields of grain and the prairie sky which lie around and arch above the capital. The buffalo, master of the plains, symbolizes the original riches of the region and honours particular aspects of the life ways of the First Peoples. The golden wheat sheaf represents the role of agriculture in Regina's economy.

CREST (above the Shield): Municipal government is represented using the traditional heraldic symbol, a mural crown, composed of stones and mortar in the City's colours. Above this, honouring Regina's naming for Queen Victoria, and its status as provincial capital, is a representation of the Royal Crown. This is granted to the City as a special honour by Her Majesty as Queen of Canada on the recommendation of His Excellency the Governor General.

SUPPORTERS: These, and the shield, rest on a grassy mound which represents the parks and many green spaces of Regina. On the left is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, a man in the uniform of 1882, the year of the city's foundation. On the right, is a woman, in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniform of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer of the present day. In a general sense, the supporters honour all the men and women whose efforts over the generations have helped create and sustain the city. As well, of course, they celebrate Regina's location as the site of the R.C.M.P. Academy, the historic national training centre of the world famous force.

MOTTO: FLOREAT REGINA. The City's historic motto is continued in the grant of arms. The Latin can be translated as "Let Regina Flourish".
researched by Dov Gutterman - 23 December 1998

The city’s coat of arms and flag were presented to the City of Regina on 14 September 1992 by the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, then governor general of Canada and head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. 
Alison Wilkes, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


Regina Police Service flag

[Regina Police flag] image by Randy Young, 16 March 2015

The flag of the Regina Police Service is a blue field with a red diagonal stripe stretching from the upper hoist to the lower fly. Centered in the fly and overlapping the red stripe is the Service's coat of arms. I did notice in the photographs that the scroll beneath the shield appears to be a lighter blue on the flag, probably in order to set it apart from the darker blue of the field that surrounds it.
Randy Young, 16 March 2015

[Regina Police Coat of Arms] image by Jens Pattke, 28 August 2013

The agency recently got its official heraldry, and has a flag: http://regina.ctvnews.ca/new-look-for-regina-police-1.885432
Dave Fowler, 27 August 2013