Design

Survivors’ Flag

Briefing

NCTR requested artwork to act as an expression of remembrance and honours residential school survivors and those affected by the residential school system in Canada.

Carrying on the work started by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the NCTR needed a design that would act as an expression of remembrance and honour residential school survivors and those affected by the residential school system in Canada.

Approach

We wanted to draw attention immediately to the children and families impacted by residential schools, maintaining those symbolic elements as the core of the design, showcasing visual elements representing First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities. To demonstrate the importance of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the primary colour used in the design is orange, followed by tones of red and purple.

Responsibilities

  • Design

Client

NCTR.ca

Result

Combining elements chosen by consulted survivors throughout Canada, this unifying design honours residential school survivors and the lives lost and impacted by the residential school system, bringing awareness to the importance of remembering and understanding the suffering of generations of Indigenous people in Canada.

Survivors' Flag logo sketch.
Survivors' Flag logo sketch.

Family (all types)
Protection/Love
Renewal/Passing on
Knowledge

Child/Spirit
Memories of
Friends/Relatives

Seeds
Buried Memories
Numbers

Growth
Renewal
Hope

Cedar Branch
Sacred Medicine

Stars/Creator
Night sky/Hope

Métis Sash/
Tradition Métis
Nation

Seeds
Buried Memories
Numbers

Growth
Renewal
Hope

Survivors' flag.
Survivors' Flag
Survivors' Flag stickers.

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