Symbols representing Laurier's Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Indigenous Students' Association figure prominently in the special fall-winter print edition of Laurier Campus magazine. When placed together, the symbols create a unified whole.
Based on the Haudenosaunee creation story, the visual symbol of Laurier's Office of Indigenous Initiatives reminds of how the first seeds of life on Earth were planted on the back of a turtle. The inner segments of the visual symbol's dome represent the Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Seven Grandfather Teachings: love, respect, wisdom, bravery, truth, honesty and humility.
The golden rays of the sun symbolize enlightenment, learning and new beginnings. The Métis beaded purple flower represents the gifts of plant life from the skyworld, which encourage and sustain life. The entire design rests on the waters of life.
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives visual symbol was designed by Bonnie Whitlow, Indigenous student support coordinator at Laurier's Brantford campus and a member of the Six Nations community.
Created by Tentacle Tarte Studios, the Indigenous Students’ Association visual symbol was designed to complement the Office of Indigenous Initiatives visual symbol by utilizing an identical colour scheme and inverted shape.
The students’ association's logo features items used in a traditional smudging ceremony – a hawk feather and smudge bowl (abalone shell).
When the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Indigenous Students' Association symbols are placed together, a Two Row Wampum Belt appears.