Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre Logo
The logo is a symbol of excellence in Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey education provided by University of New Brunswick in general and Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre (MWC) in particular. It reflects the vision statement adopted by MWC that states:
- Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq identities, languages, values, beliefs, worldviews, ancestral teachings, ways of knowing, knowledge systems and philosophies will flourish within the University of New Brunswick.
- While Wolastoqi and Mi’kmaq students attend UNB, they will be given opportunities to develop a strong cultural foundation as well as academic and professional skills.
- Ultimately, all UNB students, faculty and administrators will be familiar with Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq histories, languages, worldviews, contributions, treaty rights and cultural, social, economic and political conditions.
The Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Vision Statement embraces the principles of respect, sharing, harmony, acceptance and unity in diversity.
All of the various components of the logo are contained within a circle. The circle represents the Circle of Learning and it is sometimes referred to as the Sacred Circle of Life. The Circle of Learning promotes the principles of respect, harmony, sharing, interdependence and balance. It is healing education that addresses all aspects of human development (spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social). In a Circle of Learning, everyone is both a teacher and a learner. Relationships in a Circle of Learning are sacred and therefore require individuals to have the utmost respect for one another. The foundation for the Circle of Learning is Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot languages, worldviews, traditions, teachings, philosophies and knowledge systems.
The double-curve motifs in our logo represents an individual’s Earth Walk. The first curve on the left represents life within our mother’s womb (our first home). After birth, when our Earth Walk begins, we are gifted with life’s challenges as symbolized by the rise in the center of the motif. When our Earth Walk ends, we are placed in the womb of our Earth Mother in a fetal position to return to our spirit walk, which is symbolized by the curve on the right of the motif.
In the center of our logo you will find a Wampum Belt. Historically, the Wampum Belt was used to record important events, agreements, contracts and treaties among Wabanaki nations. They were Sacred Covenants between nations. In the context of UNB community, the Wampum Belt represents a sacred agreement between UNB and students. UNB agrees to provide quality, culturally based education for Wolastoqi, Mi’kmaq and Passmaquodddy students while Wabanaki students agree to take responsibility for their learning and therefore apply themselves as they strive for success. The Wampum Belt has MWC (Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre) across the Belt.
At the end of each side of the Belt are seven strings that connect the Belt and the Circle of Learning. These seven strings represent Seventh Generation thinking that our Wabanaki ancestors promoted among each succeeding generation. Community members were always reminded to leave behind for future generations their language, worldviews, traditions, teachings, resources and a bountiful Mother Earth. Seventh Generation thinking requires us to protect our natural, social and cultural resources so that future generations will benefit from these same resources.
The Colour Purple
All Wampum Belts were made of quahog shells that are purple with a bit of white on the shell. Within the context of Wabanaki Wampum Belts, purple represents the sacredness of truths contained within treaties and agreements. The purple lodges within each cardinal direction represent the four Wabanaki nations (Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Passamaquoddy and Penobscots).
Note: “Wabanaki” in the Wolastoqey language refers to the “People of the Dawn”. Each day, Wabanaki people were the first to greet the sun on Turtle Island (north, south and central “Americas”).