Simon Fraser University
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SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Quarterly, first and fourth Azure three fraises Argent, second and third Argent three antique crowns Gules, all within a bordure quarterly Argent and Gules, on a chief Gules an open book proper bound and edged Or between two cross crosslets fitché Or.
Motto : Nous sommes prêts
The arms were officially granted on January 21, 1965 (Scotland) and again in Canada on April 20, 2007.
The design is based on the arms of Fraser of Lovat, from whom the university’s namesake was descended, via the Frasers of Culbokie. The blue quarters with white “fraises” (i.e., strawberry flowers; the word is a pun on the name Fraser) are the basic Fraser arms, while the white quarters with red crowns are those of Lovat. The cross-crosslets in the chief are taken from the arms of Macdonnell of Glengarry and thus mark Simon Fraser’s descent from this family. The book is a symbol of education.
The motto means “We are ready.” This is a variation of the traditional motto of the Clan Fraser and represents the way in which students and faculty are prepared for study, teaching and research.