Logo – UPEI Aboriginal Student Association; 2009
The UPEI Aboriginal Student Association brings together First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students to provide peer support and inspiration through the community they establish. The Maoi Omi center mirrors these goals through infrastructure and programs. Where the student group represents the students themselves, the centre represents their base – as such, the Maoi Omi center’s graphic, a medley of meaningful imagery, is featured in the center of this logo and built upon.
The dreamcatcher in the center’s graphic represents academic specific aspirations of the students. The addition of a larger encompassing dreamcatcher represents the larger life goals of students for themselves, peers, families and communities. This double layering of the feature is meant to show how current academic goals that are central to their current daily life are the lie at the root of their greater dreams.
The double-layering of the sun represents new beginnings, vision, and vibrance of spirit for each individual, and for the group as a whole.
The fading of the image as it expands cyclically represents how education leaves an impression on the rest of the students’ lives, regardless of their path.
Logo Redesign – Maoi Omi Center, UPEI School of Nursing; 2009
As the Maoi Omi Center brings together a variety of dreams from a variety of people with a variety of backgrounds, the image is designed to incorporate a medley of traditional symbols.
The eagle head represents the tie between the Creator and the Earth, and is a traditional symbol of power. The green map of Prince Edward Island resting on the red base represents our place and firm base in Canada. The dreamcatcher formed in the shape of an infinity symbol combines traditional First Nations and Métis symbols of unity and continuity as a central foreground to overall image of an inukshuk – a traditional Inuit symbol of presence. The varied colors of the inukshuk legs represent granite and sandstone – traditional inukshuk constructor in Northern Canada, and the Prince Edward Island base.
The image of the elder represents our knowledge, history, and traditions. The image of the child represents new beginnings, dreams, and the future.
Logo Design – Julie Bull, Master’s Thesis: Aboriginal Research Ethics; 2008
The outer ring of the graphic is inspired by the traditional native medicine wheel, with the 4 colors representing the focus on the spiritual (yellow), mental (white), emotional (red), and physical (black) health. The eagle, a traditional symbol of protection, combined with the scales, a symbol representative of justice and ethics, to form a caduceus – an ancient symbol of Western medicine. Lines drawn from the edge of the outer ring toward the center in the fashion of a dreamcatcher form an inukshuk. The interconnectedness of the design illustrates Labrador Innu, Inuit, and Métis people working together. As a whole the graphic symbolizes the dream of combining traditional and modern medicine, while focusing on the importance of health research ethics.
Logo Design – Dr. Kim Critchley, UPEI Dean of Nursing; 2008