‘Wahkohtowin‘ in the Cree language represents kinship or connectedness. Further, as an extension of oneself to all things land, air, water, animals and spirit; as though we are all cousins.
The logo was inspired from a Cree researcher that attempted visualizing this representation through the spirals – starting from the bottom land, trees, self, animals, community, water, air and spirit.
The two arms the logo were originally three, representing Governance, Resilience, Empowerment/Healing.
In the spirit of regional connectedness and the mission of the NSRCF two arms are represented. One being the First Peoples of the Region the other representing the non indigenous presence (municipalities, provincial authorities/governance and third party business focused on resource extraction) and growth in the Region.
The arms start near each other at the bottom much like the original start of the coexistence era of Treaty and over time the arms grew apart. As you move to the top of the arms they begin to arch back together recognizing Wahkohtowin and the new era of reconciliation that we are all exploring for the foreseeable future.
In this current world of globalization, climate change and ongoing geopolitical challenges both domestic and international the regions long term sustainability depends on near term collaboration.
This includes sharing and co-creating solutions for the Region to improve resiliency and prosperity. Poverty has no place in the Northeast Superior Region today.