Mutual respect, peaceful co-existence and equality form the vision and structural foundation of reconciliation among the Original Peoples and Canadians. Each of us is a beam, a chord, a joist. Together, we can create stories and inheritances with braided roots that bloom from shared land, branch out into sky – and flourish for generations.
by Courtney Powless, Onkwehonwe with roots from the Bay of Quinte, with inspiration from a quote by the Great Peacemaker in White Roots of Peace (Wallace): “Hold fast to friends, for in union there is strength; welcome the stranger and give him shelter, for he may become a prop to your house; bury your hates and let them be forgotten, for if old stories are to be revived there can never be an end to war.”
A tree is a powerful image of growth; the idea behind this logo is that truth can plant the seeds of awareness and understanding and from these roots grows the power of reconciliation. The roots of the tree also suggest that the story of how Canada came to be is very much rooted in the history of Canada and out of these roots can grow a more positive story for all if the story includes First Nations, Métis and Inuit in a truthful, respectful way. Throughout the logo you find several forms of the seven traditional teachings: wisdom, truth, honesty, love, humility, courage and respect; these live in the seven roots, the seven branches, the seven leaves and the seven colours.