Flag of Saskatchewan
The flag of Saskatchewan features the armorial bearings (coat of arms) in the upper quarter nearest the staff, with the floral emblem, the western red lily, in the fly. The upper green half of the flag represents the northern Saskatchewan forest lands, while the gold lower half symbolizes the southern, prairie wheat-fields. The flag is constructed in the proportions 2:1.
The current flag of Saskatchewan was adopted on 22 September 1969, the result of a province-wide competition that drew over four thousand entries. The winning entry was designed by Anthony Drake of Hodgeville, Saskatchewan.
In 1964, a special flag was granted to Saskatchewan in honour of the province’s sixtieth anniversary. The flag features a stylized stalk of wheat towards the staff and the provincial coat of arms in the upper quarter further from the staff. The flag’s background is red in its upper half and green in its lower half. The symbolism of the flag’s colours is similar to that of the official provincial flag: red symbolizes the fires that once ravaged the prairies, green symbolizes agricultural cultivation and life, and gold symbolizes the wheat fields. This flag appears in both 3:2 and 2:1 ratios, and it is not used officially.