On June 21, the City of Moose Jaw announced it had created an Indigenous logo to honour the history, peoples, and cultures of the First Nations of the land. In this episode of the Discover Moose Jaw News Podcast, Hayley Hart-Rushinko and Rodger Ross reveal more about the process of designing a thoughtful, inclusive Indigenous logo.

Hart-Rushinko is Metis, and the city's acting manager of communications and stakeholder relations, as well as the City of Moose Jaw's Indigenous Liaison. Ross is a Metis/Cree member of George Gordon First Nation and has worked in film, video, and design for over 30 years, winning awards for his producing, directing, and writing.

"I'm not wanting to just check a box and say, yeah, we're doing Truth and Reconciliation," Hart-Rushinko explained. "I want to know more. I want to be better and I want to share that with the community as authentically as possible, and know that I'm doing it in a very true way, an honest way for our community."

The City also launched its first Indigenous Relations web page at moosejaw.ca/indigenous-relations. The page will provide Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community a directory of local and regional resources, important dates, and contacts.

"Building around an existing logo was the challenge, but what made things come together for, was knowing a lot of the history of Moose Jaw," Ross said. "Prior to contact, and the different tribes would gather at Wakamow and other areas like that throughout the province."

Ross is passionate about the history of the land and its people and spent a lot of time researching the project with the help of his team (especially graphic designer Quentin Karmark) and Hart-Rushinko at the City.

"We are predominantly a Cree, Saulteaux, and Nakota nations here in this province," he added. "Those are the three prominent nations. However, the Lakota-Dakota have come up into this territory for thousands of years, literally. ... And as well, Hayley and her crew actually came up with the representation of Metis."

“These initiatives are the latest steps in the City’s path to Reconciliation,” said city manager Maryse Carmichael. “We hope these actions will further strengthen relationships with Indigenous community members and neighbours and provide all Moose Javians with insight into Moose Jaw’s Indigenous cultures, which continue to grow.”