1. The circle represents the medicine wheel with the
4 colors representing the following 1:
- In the East is the colour Red which represents the
Red Man, all aboriginal people in North America. Their
gift from the Creator is Vision and Land.
- In the South is the colour Yellow which represents
the Oriental race. Their gift is Knowledge and Air.
- In the West is the colour Black which represents
the Black race. Their gift is Water.
- In the North is the colour White. This represents
the Caucasian race. Their gift is Movement and Fire.
2. The mesh underneath the wheel reminds one of the
dream catcher, letting good dreams go through (union
of traditional medicine and modern science) and catching
bad ones (scepticism and narrow mindedness).
3. The mortar and pestle is an image easily associated
with modern science and especially traditional pharmaceuticals
since it was used (and still is to a certain extent)
to prepare mixtures of chemicals. The white leaf contrasted
in the dark colored crucible indicates that we are working
with medicinal plants.
4. The goose feather tied to the mortar is a universal
symbol recognized by all Canadian First Nations and
shows that we are uniting traditional medicine with
5. Finally, a more modern font was chosen for the Team's
name in English and French to show that we are very
contemporary. The colors of the medicine wheel are also
reproduced in the 4 dots to make a connection between
the diagram and the writing of the logo.
D'Arcy Linklater (1995). First Nation's
perspective on the Boreal Forest. Water, Air, &
Soil Pollution, 82(1):525-527. (http://www.springerlink.com/content/p57m305370k7k049)
Logo designed by Jack Oter, Aboriginal Graphic Designer (http://www.webdude.ca)