After an open contest for all community members, which many submitted hand-drawn designs, Kehewin Cree Nation has selected a new logo to represent the reserve. The new logo, designed by local artist, Ezra Bergsma, captures all aspects of Kehewin; from the lands, to the sky, the past, present and future; as well as honouring the creator.
Kehewin Cree Nation Kehew = Eagle Nehiyah = Native Askiy = Land
Artist Ezra Bergsma explains her vision for the new logo, “The river means Chief Kehewin for the first time he saw the rivers and ponds. It meant survival for his people of today and tomorrow.” Honouring where the people of Kehewin came from was important for Bergsma, as well honouring the land that surrounds the reserve, “the mountains are the Moose Mountains and most of all St. Joe’s Hill.”
The logo brings hope for the community, which is depicted in the sun, says Bergsma, “the sun rising everyday for a new day and better days ahead.” There are two birds flying, “the white bird for holiness ad a time of prayer to thee Creator. The black bird to not forget the lonely and the forgotten, just trying to get by.” The building beside the eagle carries significance, says the artist, “the building is for prosperity for new structures, to build and repair.” Even a little modern flare as given to design, “Wifi for Kehewin Information Network, on how we communicate these days. For family, friends, work, media, and play; technology is in Kehewin.”
Respecting each other’s views and opinions is important to the Nation; as is recognizing the diversity among the people. Bergsma made sure to work that into her piece, “the feathers and the little cross on one of the teepees represents the different beliefs, Native Culture, Catholic, Christians.” The teepees are for the people, “to keep their home fires burning for warmth and laughter.” The larger teepee represents the leaders, “the Chief and Council that govern are the front-runners in battle; helpers of people’s needs,” says Bergsma.
The artist paid close attention to every detail, down to the colours, derived from the native Colour Wheel, “green for nature, blue for rivers, red for battle, white for Creator, black for dirt, life and plants.” The numbers #123 is Kehewin Cree Nation.
Finally, the centre of the piece, The Eagle, represents the Creator, Lord, God. “Wrapping its feathers to keep Kehewin safe, secure and prays for another day,” states Bergsma.
Ezra Bergsma is a local artist and member of Kehewin Cree Nation. Discover more of her work at kehewtechs.ca.