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Carleton University (Canada)


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[Carleton University]
by Richard Nolet

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From Carleton Magazine regarding the flag:

Unflagging pride
By Leanna Karremans

If it should go missing, a piece of university memorabilia would be lost.

Carleton University's official flag is one of a kind. In fact, there is only one flag for the entire school. Located in the senate room in Robertson Hall, the colourful swath of blue and red fabric is a visual representation of Carleton's mission and goals, says Patti Harper, the university's archivist.

"The flag is United Nations blue, representing Carleton's close ties with international studies, and the multicultural nature of the student body," says Harper.

The maple leaf represents Carleton's ties to the nation's capital while the open book represents scholarship, Harper adds.

According to Tony Bégin, the university's special events manager, Carleton originally applied for a flag and coat of arms in 1990. The designs were officially signed into being by Carleton's former chancellor, the late Governor General Ramon John Hnatyshyn, and presented to the university in 1992.

Bégin, who is having a duplicate flag made in the event that the original is damaged or destroyed, says the flag is an important piece of university history that must be protected and preserved.

"It's a wonderful symbol of Carleton's place in Canada and the world, and it gives students the chance to understand the great history of the institution."

Richard Nolet, 17 February 2004