|Heraldry of the World
Individual/family : Individual
Country of origin : Canada
Place of origin : South Bar, Cape Breton Island,Nova Scotia
Granted : Yes
Granted/officially recorded by : Canadian Heraldic Authority
Official English blazon
Arms Per pale Gules and Argent issuant from base a Celtic cross between in chief dexter a decrescent and sinister a mullet all counterchanged.
Crest Issuant from a coronet the rim set above with two salmon naiant undy and respectant Argent each holding in its mouth an acorn Or the demi figure of the Archangel Gabriel habited in traditional Mi'kmaq dress proper nimbed Or winged Argent holding in his dexter hand a lily proper.
Motto SERVICE ABOVE SELF · GOD ABOVE ALL
Other language blazon
The design is based on the flag of the Mi’kmaq First Nation Grand Council, white with a Latin cross between a crescent moon and a star, all in red. This indicates the armiger's paternal Mi’kmaq descent, as well as his wife’s Mi’kmaq heritage. The use of the Celtic cross honours his maternal Irish and Highland Scottish heritage, as well as his Catholic faith. The vertical division and counterchanging (alternation of the colours), indicates the presence of both Native and European cultures in the armiger's family background, as well as in the history of Cape Breton Island, where he lives.