The All Native Circle Conference Logo
For the First Grand Council of All Native Circle Conference – Bruce Flett of Raymond Flett United Church in Winnipeg designed and painted a logo (one of several that was offered by artists).
The Circle is important for the aboriginal people. When we meet in the circle, we recognize the equality of the people gathered. The circle is never ending and life giving. When you gather in the circle you can look into the eyes of all those gathered.
The Cross represents the commitment to Christ, the commitment to suffering as Christ did for the people. It also represents the hope in new life that Christ came to bring. This is central in the teachings of the Gospel.
The Pipe is a symbol of peace, goodwill and honest communication. Those who gather to share in the pipe agree to share honestly and openly and in a good faith with each other. They agree to respect each other in all matters and teachings for life. Through the pipe we life our agreement and prayers to the Creator.
The Sweet Grass is the symbolic grain in white with the words All Native Circle Conference in it. The sweet grass is the gentle teacher and brings with it teachings about being gentle and kind in all that we do and say to each other and about what we believe. It is also a symbol of our relationship to the earth, our mother. The two end pieces of the sweet grass are also symbolic of the open Bible.
The Open Bible represents the true teachings that have been given to us from the Judeao-Christian Teachings and way of life. It also tells us that those teachings are open to us.
The Upright Part of the Cross and the Pipe Intersect to Remind Us of the Four Directions.
The Four Directions teach of the four colors or races of humankind. The red, yellow, black, and white. It also teaches of the gifts each of the four main people have come to share. The four directions also have teachings that relate to the people living in harmony, knowing the spiritual gifts that come from the four directions.
The Eight Red and White Ovals represent the Four Presbyteries (All Tribes, Plains, Keewatin, and Great Lakes Waterways) and the Four Councils (Respect, Healing, Sharing, and Learning). These are formed into a circle for they will meet in that circle at the Grand Council and the Elder’s Council.
The Eight Feathers on the Pipe represent the many nations of aboriginal people within the All Native Circle Conference. The number “8” is used as a natural multiple of the cared number “4”.