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Founded in 1967, the North American Vexillological Association / Association nord-américaine de vexillologie is a United States and Canadian bi-national, non-profit, scholarly organization dedicated to the study of flags and their cultural, historical, political, and social significance. It is one of the largest associations of its kind in the world. The Association oversees a vigorous publications program; organizes an annual meeting in which vexillologists showcase their research; supports flag conservation and flag research projects; and offers awards to recognize and promote excellence in vexillological scholarship. The Association does not participate in the patriotic promotion of any particular flag.

With members from across Canada, the United States, and around the world, the Association serves historians, educators, museum directors, government officials, flag retailers and manufacturers, writers, and designers. Membership is open to anyone, regardless of their country of residence, with an interest in flags.

If you have a passion to show the world that flags are more than colored pieces of cloth with differing designs—that flags carry with them the ethos of the people who make and adopt them, for better or for worse—we invite you to join us.


Join Us In Ottawa!

new orleans mansion with mardi gras flags

The Association’s Executive Board invite you to the 49th Annual Meeting this October in Ottawa, Ontario.

Find out more on the meeting page.



Raven 18 (2011) ISSN 1071-0043

The Association’s peer-reviewed journal, RAVEN, has produced a special issue, Canadian City Flags. This milestone work contains 100 articles dedicated to descriptions and histories of municipal flags of Canada. The cities represented include the largest 67 cities in the country, at least five cities per province and territory. The book has 252 pages with color illustrations throughout.

“This important book, a first in its field, showcases the civic flag parade that began in the early 20th century and accelerated when Canada adopted her distinctive national flag in 1965. Bravo to the editor and researchers for documenting the beauty and wide acceptance of Canadian civic symbols!”

Kevin Harrington, President, Canadian Flag Association