The Indigenous artist would like to thank Elder Roland Duquette for consulting on the design and for sharing his knowledge to help explain the meaning behind the IBSS x EBSS We Are All Treaty People design. A special thank you to the wonderful EBSS clothing team for working closely with the artist to make this design possible for the opportunity to share Indigenous art.
IBSS x EBSS We Are All Treaty People: The Design
The turtle holds great significance to Indigenous peoples. It represents Turtle Island and our connection to Mother Earth. The symbolism of the four quadrants pays tribute to the four directions, the medicine wheel, and the four directions and seasons. This design was created to represent the Inuit, First Nation, and Métis peoples. The design shows our connection as Indigenous peoples to Turtle Island and our relationship with non-Indigenous people who live alongside us on these lands. The dots surrounding the turtle depict the traditional making of medicine wheels where stones were used to create the circle. The treaties made on these lands allow us to live together as we work towards healing our relationship with one another and strive for Truth and Reconciliation.
This quadrant represents the transfer of traditional knowledge and the strength of the matriarch. Indigenous women are sacred as they are the life-givers who will carry on our future generations. The Grandmother, Daughter, and Granddaughter rest upon uneven land that is multiple shades of green. This symbolizes the different stages of life and our individual journey as we are shaped by the world and people around us. The streak of clouds reminds us of how the elements around us are alive. Through the clouds, we can see the movement of the wind. The sun and moon are also living elements of our world and help in balancing Mother Earth's cycles.
This quadrant represents the Inuit culture. The rich yellows of the sun represent its significance in both Inuit myths and traditional knowledge. The Inukshuk, a stone sculpture traditionally used for navigation, symbolizes hope and friendship. The snow is outlined with colour to represent the richness of the land - as the northern lands are not all snow! Wisdom and guidance are represented by the snowy owl.
This quadrant represents First Nations peoples. Traditional dancers are an important part of many First Nations cultures. Green and shades of blue are used to show the connection of Indigenous peoples to the land and water. Traditional regalia is worn by the dancer. The images depicted on this regalia represent designs unique to different Nations. The transparent piece of the regalia signifies the importance of transparency in meaningful reconciliation.
This quadrant represents the Métis culture. The infinity symbol, bordered by red and blue, is part of the Métis Nation flag and represents Métis resiliency and resistance. Traditional Métis beading surrounds the infinity. The black background represents the struggle of the Métis to be officially recognized as Indigenous peoples.
The center, depicting a medicine wheel, is intentionally left blank. As Treaty people, we all have the power to create our own stories and find our own ways of healing, as we go through the different stages of our lives. It is up to each one of us to choose to work towards reconciliation. I encourage you, as you wear this design, to reflect upon what you can do to be part of this movement of healing and change. We are all Treaty people.
.: 50% Cotton 50% Polyester
.: Medium-heavy fabric (8.0 oz/yd² (271.25 g/m²))
.: Loose fit
.: Sewn in label
.: Runs true to size
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