Legislative History

Mace

Being a journalistic photographer often times means being prepared to shoot what is around you with what you have at a moment’s notice. Other times it requires months of preparation, organization and even possibly re-shoots to get what you want.

This series is a little of both.

A little known fact about our Legislative Assembly is the celebration that happens at the end of each Assembly. Recyclable paper, meant to symbolize all the paper passed through the House, is dumped on the MLAs and Ministers on the last day of session. This is the end result.

The remaining photos are a tribute to the History of the Legislature as well as the people of the NWT.

The NWT Mace of the Legislative of Assembly

The Diamond at the top of the mace

The Diamond is held up by three symbols of the North: an Ulu, a Teepee, and a modern day house.

Directly below that is an orb signifying the Sun (which as we know never sets in the summer).

The head of the mace is covered in snow flakes and intricate carvings, each of which is unique and represents different regions in the NWT.

At the base of the head is the language band. It has 10 of the 11 official languages of the NWT. The missing language is Inuktituk, the primary language spoken in Nunavut. It was left off the mace as a symbol of respect for the new Territory. It reads “One land, Many voices”.

Finally, the foot of the mace is also ordained with various carvings depicting the NWT.

1 Comment

  1. Rich
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    a geology site spoke of the NWT mace, the legislative site got me here. So thanks for the stunning photography, I’m going to look at more of your soulful nature photography.

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