In 1994, the city council mandated a committee to work with the Canadian Heraldic Authority to endow the City of Percé with an official coat of arms.
The raison d’être of the coat of arms being to serve as a mark of identity, it was very important to define its content and form by choosing the most representative symbols of the life of our community while respecting the strict rules of the ‘heraldry. Our work was also guided by the desire to obtain unique, distinctive, original, simple, artistic and aesthetic coats of arms.
More than three years of discussions and exchanges were necessary to arrive at a result meeting the expectations of the City and the requirements of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
This long process came to an end on September 16, 1998 when His Excellency the Right Honorable Roméo Leblanc, then Governor General of Canada, officially presented the duly homologated coat of arms of the City of Percé.
As Mr. Leblanc mentioned, whether in Gaspé, Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, or anywhere in the world, our coat of arms will henceforth symbolize Percé’s good worldwide reputation.
The motto chosen by the city ” VAILLANCE ET PERSEVERANCE ” derives its justification, among others, from:
- the courage and perseverance of the explorers who discovered this part of the country;
- the courage and perseverance of the pioneers, the first inhabitants and the craftsmen of the sea;
- the courage and perseverance of the many associations, companies and communities which have devoted their energy and knowledge to the development of the city;
- the courage and daily perseverance of the people and citizens who still work today for the progress of Percé;
- the courage and perseverance required, here, more and more, for the accomplishment of daily tasks in often very difficult conditions;
- courage and perseverance like those of the Northern Gannet who, tirelessly, from migration to migration, consolidates and restores its nesting area.