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  • Name of Tartan:
    North West Territories (District)
  • ITI Number: 662
  • Category: Canadian District
  • Designer / Source: Macpherson, Hugh
  • Date: 1968/9
North West Territories (District)
  • Notes: North West Territories is not a province but, as the name indicates, a Territory and is here only classified as Province to ensure it's grouped with the provincial tartans. Mrs Janet Anderson Thomson first proposed the idea of an NWT tartan after attending an RCMP ball in Yellowknife in 1966 and seeing the official piper dressed rather drably. After having been given the go ahead Mrs Thomson enlisted the help of Hugh MacPherson of Edinburgh. She chose the colours and Hugh produced three draft designs from which this one was chosen by an official committee. Green represents the forests, white the frozen Arctic Ocean, blue the Northwest Passage, gold the mineral wealth of the NWT and the red-orange, which she describes as "autumn colours" represents the barren lands or "Arctic prairies." The tartan also contains a thin black line representing the northern treeline. The tartan was officially unveiled at the 48th Session of the Territorial Council in January of 1973. The tartan was unveiled at the 48th Session of the Territorial Council in January of 1973.
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