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We have been asked about the significance of the tartan in our page header. All of the Provinces of Canada, and many of the States of the United States of America, as well as many other countries and jurisdictions have an official tartan. We have adopted the tartan of the Province of Québec as our unofficial traveling “uniform.” Many of our Sisters have either floor length or street length kilts of this tartan, while our Brothers wear vests and/or ties of the tartan. Our Sisters round out the outfit with either a red or white blouse and a dark blue blazer. The Brothers wear dark grey slacks and the blazer. Here are four of our sisters, Audry Williamson, PGM; Huguette Daguerre, PGM; Helen Black, AGM; and Onetta Munkres, PM, in various combinations of our “uniform.”
The plaid of the Québec tartan owes its inspiration to the Provincial coat of arms which in turn reflects the history of the province. The colours of the tartan are taken from the three horizontal divisions of the shield. The blue is for the field of the upper division containing three fleurs de lis. The green is for the sprig of maple leaves on the lower division. The red is for the background of the centre division. The gold is for the lion rampant in the third division and also for the crown of the crest. The white is for the scroll with the motto “Je me souviens” (“I remember”).
The Coat of Arms of Québec was adopted by Order-in-Council of the Québec government on December 9, 1939.
The shield is divided into three horizontal fields:
Top — Three gold fleurs-de-lis on a blue background, symbolizing royal France
Middle — A gold lion passant guardant on a red background, traditionally symbolizing British royalty
Bottom — Three green maple leaves on a gold background, symbolizing Canada.
The shield is surmounted by the Tudor crown, and accompanied by a silver scroll bearing the provincial motto, Je me souviens (“I remember”).