The medal bears the image of St. Edmund Campion, SJ, an English Jesuit martyr, on one side and the Campion College crest on the other.
St. Edmund Campion (1540 – 1581) was destined for the highest offices in the University of Oxford and in the Church of England. However, his commitment to Catholicism grew steadily, and he resolved to go on foot to Rome as a pilgrim to become a Jesuit. He slipped back to England as part of a dangerous mission, and preached and celebrated the sacraments in secret to support the faith of Catholics in a time of hostile government oppression. He was captured after nearly a year, tortured, and condemned to death. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered in 1581. St. Edmund Campion was beatified in 1886 and canonized in 1970, along with the other English and Welsh martyrs of the Reformation.
The Crest of Campion. The monogram of Christ, seal of the Society of Jesus, surmounts a sheaf of wheat, symbol of Saskatchewan. The boughs of academic palms and maple leaves represent the idea of academic excellence in the provinces and territories of Canada. The flame red and gold colours recall the martyrdom of the College patron. The motto is the traditional one of the College: Sapientia Regina, “Wisdom is Queen”.