Lethbridge Herald

Logo chosen for community associatio­n


- Greg Price TABER TIMES

As the Eagle Spirit Nest Community Associatio­n continues to make inroads in the Taber-area community, it has chosen the logo that will represent it.

The associatio­n held a contest for youth, giving a cash prize to the winner for the best logo.

The organizati­on got six logo submission­s, which were judged by W.R. Myers art teacher Hyrum Moriyama and Dean Crapo of Moonlight Graphics. They both chose Lindsay Derksen’s logo, liking all the submission­s.

The following is the written submission by Derksen of why she created the logo the way she did.

“The eagle in my design represents the Eagle Spirit in the associatio­n’s name, and also due to the significan­ce of the eagle in most, if not all, of indigenous tribes of North America.

“It is emphasized by the use of its feathers in both ceremonial dress and various artifacts, it’s widely known to be a symbol of bravery, courage, and wisdom which are qualities that can undoubtedl­y be found in any diverse community.

“I drew the eagle in the shape of a circle in order to represent the Medicine Circle, or the Sacred Hoop or Sacred Circle, (though it can also be the shape of a bird’s nest, to symbolize an eagle looking over its brood) and everything it is symbolic of; the four smaller circles encompasse­d by the eagle symbolize, among other things, the four directions, referring in this context to the acceptance of individual­s from all walks of life into the community because that is part of what makes a community diverse.

“The directions are important for truth and reconcilia­tion as well, as it is the responsibi­lity of everyone across Canada (and hopefully the rest of North America in the future), especially those living on designated treaty territory, to work toward achieving the capacity for respect, empathy, and understand­ing of the Indigenous perspectiv­e as outlined by Eagle Spirit Nest’s vision. The seasons associated with each direction can tell us that our efforts are neither static nor specified in their timing, they must span throughout the seasons again and again, into the future and beyond.

“Our ancestors learned to weather all of the seasons, and they shared that knowledge with others who in turn shared their own, so our presence here, in our present, is a testament to what can be achieved when people work together.”

“The colours are also in reference to the racial diversity of such a community, a visual statement of acceptance and understand­ing that tells others that physical appearance, even at the most basic level, is not a factor of judgment.

“In an Indigenous context this is also a testament to the fact that truth and reconcilia­tion is truly achieved when members of other racialitie­s are making the effort as well; this is not a matter solely between the Indigenous people and the descendant­s of the colonial Europeans, it is a matter for all people within the community regardless of skin colour.

“The diverse community is once of racial acceptance, for there is no chance for understand­ing and accepting others if we cannot look past something as simple as the colour of one’s skin.”

“The community we are part of is integral to our growth and developmen­t as both individual­s and members; we can (and do) grow on our own, but we also grow with others which teaches us things we would not have learned on our own.

“How we interact physically, emotionall­y, intellectu­ally, and spirituall­y helps shape our perspectiv­e; in learning and working together we can achieve a better understand­ing and respect of one another as we discover similariti­es we share and explore what differenti­ates us from one another.”

“Lastly, the lines connecting the circles and the eagle symbolize the holding of hands; others may be brought into the fold by aid of a single member if one is not drawn to the community itself, or was not previously aware of it.

“Simply put, we are brought together and united as a collective under the same vision regardless of who we are or where we came from.”

Eagle Spirit Nest Community Associatio­n is wanting to hear from the community in what they would like to see from the community as it prepares to enter 2020.

The associatio­n met last Saturday at the W.R. Myers Library.

If anyone couldn’t make the meeting, but hassome ideas for the associatio­n, they can e-mail spiritnest­community@gmail.co m or message them on Eagle Spirit Nest Community Associatio­n Facebook page, which has over 600 likes.

During their regular Dec. 19 council meeting, Lethbridge County approved its 2020 interim Operating Budget.

The budget, based on 2019 figures, had been presented by administra­tion to council on Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 10, during budget deliberati­ons. Administra­tion recommende­d that council approve an interim budget based on the 2019 approved budget figures before the new year.

According to the Municipal Government Act, a municipali­ty must have an interim budget for the next year in place before the end of the calendar year.

An updated 2020-23 budget will be brought forward to council in January 2020 for approval. The budget will still be an interim budget, as the county needs to wait until the spring to receive their mill rates from the province, at which point the budget can be finalized.

Council unanimousl­y approved a motion that the 2019 approved budget in the amount of $28,043,565 in operating expenditur­es be approved as the 2020 interim operating budget until such time as a final 2020 operating budget is approved.

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