The logo for our Reporting in Indigenous Communities website is a Coast Salish-inspired design, in recognition that the University of British Columbia is located on the traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation and to acknowledge the Coast Salish heritage of the First Nations we cover in B.C.’s Lower Mainland.
The camera lens in the middle signifies our role as Journalists and Witnesses, and symbolizes a circle that, in many Aboriginal cultures, represents interconnectedness.
Attached to the lens, the logo has crescents and trigons — key design elements of Salish art. Salish artists often combine these symbols to represent a feather.
Our logo has four crescents that symbolize the Four Directions, in recognition that Indigenous people from many different Nations now call Vancouver and the Lower Mainland home. Likewise, our students at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism come from across Canada and around the world.
Lenkyn Ostapovich of UBC Arts’ Instructional Support and Information Technology designed our logo.
“tém:éxw” means Earth, or land in Halq’eméylem.
You can learn how to pronounce tém:éxw here.
While we were eager to find a word from an Indigenous language for our title, it can be a challenge in a place such as the Lower Mainland, where Coast Salish peoples traditionally speak several distinct languages (not to mention all the languages spoken by urban Indigenous residents, such as Carrier, Kwak’wala, Anishinaabe, Cree and many others).
The Sḵwxwú7mesh word for land is “Temíxw”. And Halkomelem has two dialects: downriver and upriver. Upriver dialect is more properly called Halq’eméylem (spoken in over two dozen communities from Aitchelitz to Yale), Downriver dialect is more properly called Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (spoken in six communities including Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Tsawwassen).
So, we settled on “tém:éxw.”
haychka siem… kw’as hoy… chen kwen mantumi… miigwech… to all those who have shared advice and expertise in Indigenous languages, including Khelsilem and www.firstvoices.com.
For additional information, check out Duncan’s online guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities, a place where journalists and journalism students can learn useful ideas and practical methods for finding and developing news stories in Indigenous communities.
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