The Indigenous Continuing Education Centre (ICEC) and First Nations University of Canada are situated on Star Blanket Cree Nation. Star Blanket is the first, First Nation in Canada to create an urban reserve specifically dedicated to the advancement of education.
ICEC’s logo is inspired, mirrored, and honoured through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to guide both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples on their continued education journey.
ICEC’s relationship with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action have been conceptualized by the Star Blanket. ICEC’s logo is a 6-pointed Star Blanket. Each point of the star represents one of the six Calls to Action and their uniquely assigned colour.
The symbol of a Star Blanket reminds us that despite our differences we, as both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are cut from the same cloth, all integral to the whole and a part of one masterpiece. The Star Blanket is inspired by the Morning Star, who represents new beginnings and is a guiding light to those who are lost.
Each of the Calls to Action are represented by an image of a traditional Indigenous plant medicine and has been assigned a specific colour.
Rationale: Cedar has protective properties and the ability to purify and bring balance.
Rationale: Sage is used for all teachings to bring clarity and wisdom.
Rationale: Juniper is a cure-all healing plant coveted for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Use internally or topically and juniper can heal a variety of aches and pains.
Medicine: Wild Rose
Rationale: Wild Rose is a symbol of beauty, grace, protection, and love.
Rationale: Sweetgrass symbolizes kindness – as this plant only bends when walked upon and never breaks – may we too remember that if injustices are done upon us may we hold kindness in our hearts and not react with hostility.
Rationale: Tobacco is believed to be a gateway or a bridge between the Earth and Spirit realms. Historically, if tobacco is offered and accepted, then there is a sacred promise sealed. It acts like a commitment made by people and supported by the Spirit World.