The event logo symbolizes the Bear representing strength, family, vitality courage and health. Known in the Indigenous Northwest Coast culture as the Protector of the animal kingdom, it is a powerful coastal animal, also thoughtful and independent. Three species within Coastal British Columbia are Grizzly, Black, and Kermode.
The Bear’s bluish frontal crest symbolizes the Pacific Salmon. Five species thriving in the North Pacific waters of British Columbia are Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, and Sockeye. Blue is the colour of the sea and sky, representing the Sea-to-Sky Country, a fjord/mountain region spreading from Vancouver to Whistler via Squamish.
Bottom end of the Bear’s frontal crest symbolizes the Fraser River, a longest river within British Columbia, also named Stó:lō by the local Indigenous people living along the river.
Hockey stick and gloves represent the Canadian cultural passion in the winter sport.
White colour tree shape on the left side reveals the Coast Douglas Fir, an evergreen conifer native to western North America.
Top of the Bear’s head reveals an Ear. Three spikes on top of Bear’s head symbolize the North Shore Mountains, a small subrange of the Pacific Ranges, the southernmost grouping of the vast Coast Mountains.
Out of these three spikes, two majestic peaks atop of the Bear’s Ear symbolize the Lions, an iconic Vancouver landmark, also named The Two Sisters by the local Indigenous people (Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Tsawwassen First Nations).
About the Artist:
Siyámotsiya (Paula Wesley) is a culturally Deaf Indigenous artist with the Stó:lō and Tsimshian heritage. Working as a wood carver and artist, she lives in Terrace in northwestern British Columbia.
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