The Teaching and Learning Centre now has its own Indigenous logo, thanks to the work of Andrew (Enpaauk) Dexel, an artist from the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in southern British Columbia whose work fuses graffiti art and Indigenous symbolism. The logo will complement the Centre’s departmental logo.
Dexel unveiled the logo design to TLC staff at a presentation on December 3, 2018, following a welcome song by Gary George, officer for community relations with the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.
The logo depicts a close-up view of a stylized eagle. According to Dexel, the image represents the concepts of teaching, community and humility—words identified by TLC staff as instrumental to their work. As Dexel explained, “the eagle flies the highest and, thus, possesses great vision. However, it is only when we have humility and engage in community that we can learn from it.” The tight cropping of the graphic suggests that there is a broader context beyond the image border in which teaching and learning takes place.
The logo commissioning is one of many steps the TLC has undertaken over the past year as part of its Indigenization process.
“I believe it’s important to explore … an Indigenous way of understanding and presenting ourselves. The development of this logo has provided us with a way to envision our work from an Indigenous perspective,” explained TLC director Brad Johnson.