It is with some pride and satisfaction we get to announce the arrival of the new T-shirts displaying the new Sacred Circle Logo. Presently only available from Gemma's in Terrace and from the Terrace Daily.
The design was worked on with Tsimshian First Nations young Matriarch and Grandmother Cynthia Wunderlich (Nelson) and she selected Nisga'a carver and artist Henry Green to draw the circle around the regions.
The concept is to unify the region and describe the unique and common factors that bind the communities.
The BC Government defined a set of boundaries with First Nations representatives to detail where one First Nation meets the next. In this region of the Province, formerly referred to only as the Northwest, the people claim to recognize eight separate First Nations groups. The Haida, T’simshian, Haisla, Nisga’a, Tlinglit, Tahltan, Gitzsan and Wet’suweten. All of these groups have similar backgrounds and all are a matriarchal governed people. The high chief names are all passed through children of the mother’s family, not the father. All are Nations holding lands west of the interior plains and North of Bella Bella and Bella Coola.
The highlight of the map within the logo is the profile of the Chieftan looking East. This profile is made up of the three major rivers fed from the Klappan, the Sacred Headwaters.
The Stikine River defines the top of the head with the forehead and the Klappan River makes a hairline drop to the eye socket. The Skeena River starts at the bridge of the nose and fully outlines the nose, lips and chin as it makes its may to Prince Rupert through Terrace to the neck. The Nass River defines the check bone and the hairline as it makes its way through the Nass Valley to Kincolith.
At the point where the Nass starts flowing in the Klappan just South of where the Klappan River starts flowing north to meet the Stikine, is a beautiful crystal clear lake, which sparkles like the twinkling of an eye.
It is this region where various environmental groups have been attempting to stop Royal Dutch Shell and any other industrialist from conducting mining and exploratory activity.
The region has long been identified as a major coal body. Shell wishes to drill and extract the methane gas they believe is captured there. To do this they will need to pump a cocktail of chemicals and compounds into the drill cavities to fracture (called 'Fracing') the coal in an attempt to release more gas.
Any child that has had an aquarium recognizes the unique quality of coal as a water filter. Even BC’s Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Bill Bennett, acknowledged this when he referred to his own Brita water filter being comprised of coal. Bennett expressed genuine concern when the 'fracing' process was brought to his attention, stating he would consider this in more depth.
Although industry is a necessity for economic activity, disturbing the coal filter for all these regions and all these people seems to be more than just foolhardy.
Therefore in an effort to satisfy a request by BC Premier Gordon Campbell to Terrace Mayor Pernarowski, to call the region by anything but “The Northwest” Read It Here
(it appears to get confused with Seattle), and to meet a need the local economic development organizations are struggling with, we present the Sacred Circle.
At the Skeena Summit on October 26, 2009, Read it Here
, Roger Brooks asked, What do you have they can’t get closer to home?” as he referred to the traveling public, those who controlled 80% of the wealth. He also ridiculed the term “Northwest” for describing this region.
The Sacred Circle has an abundance of First Nations Culture and history. The Sacred Circle has an abundance of clean rivers and clean living. The Sacred Circle has a river system that has always displayed the profile of a Native Chief looking East, as if to say, “Welcome, come and enjoy, but remember”, as his eye twinkles, “keep it clean.”Previous Sacred Circle description and article HERE with more pictures and a map.
Clay Harmon, the new Federal Conservative Point Man, poses with his shirt at the Terrace Daily offices. He was the first purchaser of these shirts at only $20.00.
Shelley from Gemma's at the 4600 block of Lakelse, the exclusive retail outlet for these shirts, poses with Bruno's Bear.
The Terrace Daily's Evan Jennings shows off with 2010 Aboriginal achivement recipient Maggie Kotowich-Laval. Henry Kelly's original painting is between them.
An actual map of BC rivers which clearly show the profile in the Sacred Circle.