Amendments to Coat of Arms Act


The Coat of Arms Act sets out the legal description of Newfoundland and Labrador’s official Coat of Arms, and contains the legal authority for use of the emblem.

The written description of the Coat of Arms reflects the original 1637 patent, which does not reference the Labrador portion of the Province. This description also contains racist and colonial phrases which are specifically derogatory toward Indigenous peoples. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will be amending the Coat of Arms Act to include reference to Labrador, and to remove reference to savages. This consultation is focused on the replacement of the harmful wording.

Respect for the culture and heritage of Indigenous peoples is an important step towards Reconciliation and building an inclusive environment in the province.

Get Involved

Members of Indigenous communities and the general public have an opportunity to take part in the engagement process by submitting views online.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Online Questionnaire

This questionnaire will be available until September 17, 2021.

It should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

If you have any questions related to this questionnaire or require an alternate format please contact the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs at or (709) 729-5539.

Click here to complete the questionnaire.

How will your input will be used?

The information we receive will be reviewed by the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs.  All feedback will be considered in making amendments to the Coat of Arms Act, with additional weight given to responses from self-identified Indigenous participants.

Privacy Statement

Please do not include your name or any information that could identify you. The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on proposed amendments to the Coat of Arms Act.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact Desiree Newman at

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding the proposed amendments to the Coat of Arms Act, please contact Colleen Soulliere at