Who We Are
The Caring Society Logo
"This design is a precious and sacred design to us. I first created the crow with egg concept in 1995 when my wife was pregnant with our child. I envisioned the crow was the messenger cradling the unborn fetus. I represented the fetus as an egg with a star at that time. I wanted to create a gentle and soft cozy feeling with the work. When the Squamish Nation Social Development office asked my wife and I to create a logo for this important National organization, I immediately thought of the crow with egg as the basic concept. I thought of the saying 'It takes a whole community to raise a child,' and represented that with several hands encircling the crow. I also thought of how important the entire family is in supporting the child. Much of my own healing comes from realizing that alcoholism and addiction is a long-term family disease, and the whole family needs to heal to support a healthy child. The family needs to rally around that child. The hands also represent the first time that all the First Nation's communities have come together to create this important national organization. The hands also represent the importance of celebrating all parts of who we are, all our multiple belongings. All the races are equal partners in protecting Mother Earth and the self-esteem of the child. Our children will Inherit Mother Earth from all their ancestors. The fetus concept came from a flyer we received in our Squamish Nation newsletter about the effects of drugs on an unborn child. This Was an example of a healthy fetus, next to an image of a newborn child going through cocaine withdrawal. My wife and I both wanted a logo that would emotionally and spiritually impact on everyone that the child is precious and must be protected. Our children must feel safe within their own families, and in the womb. The colors reinforce this message. We chose soft purple to represent healing, soft blue to represent serenity and calm - keeping the chaos at bay -and black and white representing the negative and positive forces impacting on the child and family. My wife and I have named the design The Cherished Child."
Provide reconciliation-based public education, research and support to promote the safety and wellbeing of First Nations children, young people, families and Nations.
Ensure First Nations children and their families have culturally based and equitable opportunities to grow up safely at home, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are.
- Love, respect, honesty, transparency and integrity in our work and relationships.
- Recognizing the rights of Indigenous children and families pursuant to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Respect for diverse First Nations cultures, languages, contexts and aspirations.
- Honouring caring people and organizations who work respectfully with First Nations children, young people, families, communities and Nations.
- Sharing our individual and collective resources to uplift, nurture and care for First Nations children, young people, families, communities and Nations.
- Encouraging holistic knowledge and practices that support First Nations communities in caring for their children, young people and families.
Future Directions and Strategic Planning
1. Truth Telling
Ensure the safety and wellbeing of First Nations children, young people and families by facilitating the transfer of traditional knowledge and community-based solutions to guide and support families and others in caring for this generation of First Nations children and young people, and those that follow.
Value the support from First Nations children, young people, families and Nations, our members and the many caring children, young people, adults, professionals and organizations that work with us.
Address the evidence-based causes of disadvantage for First Nations children and young people by building on cultural strengths and supporting evidence-based solutions aligning with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Support people in participating in meaningful reconciliation in ways that honour, respect and uplift First Nations children, young people, families and Nations and other peoples living in Canada.
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