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Norway House Cree Nation - The Meaning of our Logo
The strength of the design of the logo is its portrayal of the multi-faceted reality of the Norway House Cree Nation.
The background of the land and forest runs horizontally to form a peace pipe with a bear at the tip reflecting an element of our people's unique kinship with nature.
The primary elements of the logo: Eagle; Sun; Geese; Forest; Water and Moose - symbolize all life and creation including the elements of fire, water and air. This is the unifying theme which demonstrates the strong ties our Cree Nation has with all the elements around us.
Within the sunset, the mast of the York Boat rises to form a cross, depicting the role of the church within the community.
The seven geese in the sky represent the Chief and six Councillors, while the soaring spirit of the Nation is reflected in the predominance of the eagle whose outstretched wings and tail feathers branch out from the stretched beaver skin - representative of trapping in our traditional way of life.
The York Boat represents our history and activities in trade and commerce including fishing.
The moose is emblematic of our traditional hunting life.
The logo is a sum of all our Cree Nation's parts and together embodies an all-inclusive spirit, reality and vision carried in the bodies, the eyes, the hearts, the minds and the language of our Cree Nation.
History of Norway House:
It is situated on the confluence of the Nelson River and Lake Winnipeg, 456 kilometers north of Winnipeg, Manitoba; approximately 800 kilometers by road. The population consists of 6,918 Band members and approximately 600 community members living in the adjacent off-reserve community.
Norway House played a fundamental role in establishing the economic foundation of Manitoba & Canada during the fur trade era. It first emerged as a significant post in 1821 when the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Northwest Company merged and established a fur-trading post near the outlet of Lake Winnipeg in 1814. The Norway House post was named after Norwegian labourers who build the post in recognition for their exceptional building skills.
Today, Norway House Cree Nation is recognized as a very progressive community and boasts a large number of amenities, including a hospital, personal care home, state-of-the-art educational facility, post-secondary facility, public work facilities and business establishments. The leadership believes in self-reliance and sustainability through economic development. Various economic ventures have been undertaken by Norway House Cree Nation, such as the Pharmacy, Dental clinic, bus transportation, Cellular & Communications System, York Boat Inn, Kistapinanihk Shopping Mall & Kinosao Sipi Multiplex Recreation Centre.
Norway House Cree Nation has strong emphasis on education because it is the key component to a self-sustaining community in every aspect. It is very important to secure a better future for the youth and for generations yet unborn by initiating quality education and economic development strategies & projects which will capture the Vision of Norway House Cree Nation.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
2007 Norway House Cree Nation
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