The Cowichan Valley school district has a new logo. (Submitted logo)

The Cowichan Valley school district has a new logo. (Submitted logo)

Cowichan Valley school district adopts new logo

Logo the creation of Cowichan Tribes artist Stuart Pagaduan

The Cowichan Valley school district has a new logo, which was unveiled at a school board meeting on Nov. 3.

The school board heard from community members, staff, and students about what they believed the district represented in developing the district’s new strategic plan, called “Beyond Education”.

After the consultations, the board realized the old logo did not represent the feedback from the community of the district’s “collective journey”.

The board enlisted the services of Stuart Pagaduan, a respected local artist, member of Cowichan Tribes, and Hul’q’umi’num Language and culture advisor in the district, to lead the process and creation of the new logo.

During Pagaduan’s process to develop the logo, he took the feedback from the community from the strategic plan and interpreted it through his art.

The new logo features the warm colours of the rising sun which represent the new day, and a time to give thanks to all we have.

Inside the sun are the spaal’ (raven) and wuxus (frog) which both represent transformation.

“Our collective journey is represented in the canoe and four paddlers,” a press release from the district said.

“The canoe is a central part of Coast Salish culture and here it denotes our community having come together and on the same journey.”

Candace Spilsbury, chairwoman of the school board, said the district is honoured to have such a beautiful and powerful representation of the district.

“Stuart’s powerful art truly depicts our collective journey,” she said

The new logo will be rolled out over the next several months as the use of old logos is phased out.