The Yukon coat of arms is a red, blue, gold and white shield surmounted by a malamute standing on a mound of snow.
Wavy vertical white and blue stripes represent the Yukon River and the gold-bearing creeks of the Klondike.
Red spire-like forms represent the territory's mountains and the gold circles within symbolize mineral resources.
At the top of the shield is a cross of St. George in recognition of the early English explorers and a "roundel in vair" as a symbol of the fur trade.
Yukon's coat of arms was commissioned by the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and designed by well-known heraldry expert Alan Beddoes in the early 1950s. It was approved officially by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.
Coat of arms
Yukon's coat of arms was officially approved in 1956 by Queen Elizabeth II.