Logo Design

Artist: Kayla Tanner

When I was asked to design this piece, I knew I wanted to do it justice to what I knew as an artist – further, I would in no way want to bring any lack of authenticity in my work, and should disclose my position and background to the piece: the design for the colloquium was created by myself as a saulteaux metis woman from Treaty 1 Territory, currently residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Though unfamiliar with the lands and it’s history in what is now present day Kingston, I knew the design would pay its respect to the Indigenous peoples residing there, who have been since time immemorial. This piece was designed with utmost respect to the original Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe inhabitants and their present day descendants.

On the topics of science, I am much less well versed. However, I too researched the background of the colloquium. Of that I researched, I picked up on a key theme: the collective will to work towards an understanding our natural world, and thereby doing our best to aid in the preservation and protection of that world. As an Indigenous woman, this is something I proudly stand behind. However, in these endeavors it is of utmost importance that one treads with due diligence – this logo too then acts as a reminder and emblem of respect: to the various ecosystems on Mother Earth, to the original inhabitants, their descendants, to present-day relations and neighbours, and to the patience required of time.

The design features the Tree of Peace, derived from a traditional governance system of the Mohawk of Tyendinaga. The Tree of Peace, a white pine, was selected by Tekanawita, the Peacemaker, and acted as a reminder to bring together the five nations of the Iroquios Confederacy to end their warring of their past. The great branches of this pine would reach far and wide to all the nations and remind them of the Great Law of Peace – thus these nations agreed to these guidelines to establish an understood peace amongst them. I imagined similarly then that the studies of ecology, ethology and evolution must too then work together in the same fashion at this very gathering here today. These studies are represented in the design by the white pine, the passage of time and change marked by a young pine on the left, and a mature pine on the right, and lastly, the three figures along the bottom are a nod to the three clan systems of the Mohawk – a bear, a turtle, and a wolf. All three studies weave together, as like a sweetgrass braid, to act stronger together as you are here today. It is my hope that the colloquium brings together a time of sharing, knowledge, familiar faces and above all, a commitment of excellence to Mother Earth and one another.