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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 22, 2014

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About OUR Logo



The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives emblem was designed by our very own Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator(Brantford Campus), Bonnie Whitlow, who is a Mohawk woman, Bear Clan, from Six Nations. She gives this explanation of the meaning behind the design.

The symbol is based on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Celestial Skydome beadwork designs primarily found on women's leggings and skirts. The design reminds us of the Haudenosaunee creation story and how the first seeds of life on Earth were planted on the back of a turtle. The turtle is both our foundation for life and our teacher.

The seven inner segments of the dome represent the Anishnabe (Ojibway) Seven Grandfather Teachings which are: love, respect, wisdom, bravery, truth, honesty, and humility.

The golden rays of the sun symbolize enlightenment, learning and new beginnings.

The beaded purple flower evokes the Metis Nations beadwork designs and includes three lines representing our sustenance, the gifts of plant life from the Skyworld, which encourage and sustain life. The entire design rests on the waters of life which is also consistent with the Celestial Skydome designs.