Today we’re shining the spotlight on how Brantford’s official coat of arms came to be.
A coat of arms is a recognizable symbol of the heritage and enduring qualities of a community. Brantford had used a coat of arms since it was incorporated as a city in 1877. However, the Canadian Heraldic Authority didn’t officially recognize it until September 24, 1991. It was on this day, that a ceremony for the presentation of the coat of arms, flag and badge took place in Brantford. The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honorable John Hnatyshyn, presented the City's new symbol - a colorful expression of Brantford’s rich history and aspirations, providing evidence of the special contributions Brantford has made to Canada.
The coat of arms features a scroll bearing the phrase “Industria et Perseveratia” in Latin, which translates to “Industry and Perseverance” in English. Two men, a Mohawk warrior and a pioneer, stand on either side of a shield that bears the symbol of a beaver, which was first used on the town’s corporate seal in 1850. The ground beneath the two figures is strewn with daffodils, a flower that was declared to be Brantford’s official floral emblem in 1919.
This beautiful crest can be seen displayed on a number of City buildings.