We created the Know Indigenous History logo in collaboration with Animikii to develop something that best reflects what we do. We wanted to come up with something that’s uniquely ours while honouring our Indigenous partners of past, present, and future.
When thinking about how to best represent Indigenous histories and our shared connection, the cultural significance of feathers came to mind. Many Indigenous cultures have long cherished feathers like those from the Eagle, Ptarmigan, and Hawk. We intend to respectfully represent all Indigenous Peoples in Canada through the appearance of these three feathers in our logo.
The rectangle around the feathers represents our historical window or lens. This frame acts as a window into history and the ways it influences our present and future. For far too long non-Indigenous powers determined the voices and lenses framing Indigenous Peoples in history. This harm is not limited to historians—it spans a range of professions from politics to journalism. The frame in our logo is the frame through which we view the world: a frame reinforced by our commitment to Indigenous Peoples.
We research, document, and present the past. Our work has captured many of the unique stories that make up Turtle Island and Canada's history. Let's work together to tell your story.
Mark Rutledge, CGD™ is one of Canada’s design leaders with deep roots and experience designing for Canada’s Indigenous communities and organizations. He is currently the Lead Designer at Animikii, Inc., working with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. He helped design websites for The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, New Journeys, and Indian Horse. He has also created the branding and visual identities for Primary Colours, Turtle Island Institute, EntrepreNorth and many others.
Mark is the first Indigenous National President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and the first to lead from the Arctic. He is a proud Ojibwa from the Little Grand Rapids First Nation who lives and works in Whitehorse, Yukon on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council.