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The flag of thefeatures a blue field, on which is a (a white stripe taking up half the width of the flag), with at the centre, the shield from the . The blue represents the abundant Northwest Territories waters, whereas the white represents snow and ice.
Two blue panels represent the Northwest Territories' many rivers and lakes. The white section, representing ice and snow, is equal in area to the 2 blue panels combined. The territorial Shield is centred in the white section. The white section of the Shield, with a wavy blue line dividing it, represents theand the . A diagonal line, representing the , divides the lower portion into a green and red section with green symbolizing the trees and red symbolizing the . The gold bars in the green section and the white fox in the red section represent the abundant minerals and furs upon which the history and prosperity of the Northwest Territories has been based.