|The Arms of Newfoundland and Labrador|
For use by the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
|Armiger||Elizabeth II in Right of Newfoundland & Labrador|
|Adopted||1637/8, fell into disuse, readopted 1928|
|Crest||Upon a wreath Or & Gules an caribou passant proper|
|Blazon||Gules a cross argent, in the first quarter a lion passant gardant crowned Or in the second quarter a Unicorn passant argent armed maned and unguled Or gorged with a crown a chain affixed thereto passing between his forelegs and reflexed over his back Or in the third quarter as in the second in the fourth quarter as in the first|
|Supporters||Two Beothuks garbed for war proper|
|Motto||QUAERITE PRIME REGNUM DEI ("Seek ye first the kingdom of God.")|
(From The Gospel According to St. Matthew 6:33)
In 1893, D.W. Prowse published A History of Newfoundland, in which he printed a copy of the Newfoundland arms. Prowse erroneously attributed the armorial bearings to John Guy. The Newfoundland Post Office perpetuated his error by issuing a 1910 two-cent stamp depicting the arms and indicating they were issued to the London and Bristol Company, which financed Guy's colonization attempt.
The Newfoundland arms as granted to David Kirke were found recorded in the College of Heralds after World War I, and in 1928 became the official coat of arms of the Dominion of Newfoundland. It has been in use ever since, despite the changes in Newfoundland and Labrador's status from Dominion to a colony run by the Commission of Government in 1934, and subsequently to a province of Canada in 1949. The Coat of Arms Act (RSNL 1990, chapter C-20, as amended) provides the current legal authority for the use of the arms.