About Our Logo and Image

Description of the RCE Saskatchewan Logo

The logo’s symmetry suggests equality--that everyone has an equal voice--while the circle represents inclusiveness, solidarity, and wholeness. The four points represent the four directions, an important part of the traditions of our First Nations peoples. These combine with the circle to represent a compass reflective of the goal of the RCE to assist us in navigating regional paths to sustainability. The orange petals reflect Saskatchewan's official flower, the Wester Red Lily (Lillium philadelphicum) while the green grass and blue sky is evocative of our prairie ecosystem. From a bird’s eye view, the four points also resemble four people around a table extending their left hands to the centre in working towards a common cause from multiple vantage points. In doing so, two infinity symbols (∞) are created. The idea of infinity reflects the lengthy time horizons and spatial dimensions needed to achieve sustainability: (1) temporally, as we look distantly into our past to understand where we have come from and distantly into our future to enable future generations to meet their own needs and aspirations, and (2) spatially as we move from a regional perspective to the global perspective found in the network of RCEs. The intersection of these two infinity symbols at the centre of the logo creates a point of balance that needs to be found within these two dimensions, a point that is achievable through education for sustainable development. The infinity symbol is also an important symbol of the Metis and their leader Louis Riel, whose Trail, highway number 11, is at the centre of the RCE Saskatchewan region.

RCE Saskatchewan Photo and Description

The photo is from Buffalo Pound Provincial Park found in RCE Saskatchewan. First Nations people historically used the land's topography as corrals or buffalo pounds to hunt plains bison. Treated as a spiritual gift of the Creator, the whole animal was used and served as a primary source of food, clothing, and shelter. Understanding natural landscapes and both the constraints and opportunities of ecological systems is central to sustaining livelihoods and education for sustainable development. In the foreground are blue sky, green trees and grasses, while in the distance, the land yellows to a horizon of hills and looming storm clouds. The prairie landscape emphasizes human vulnerability to natural forces and our ability to look into the distance to anticipate and meet the sustainability challenges facing the region.

Photo: Jason Burns
Description: Roger Petry