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Updating Our Brand II

Logo vote

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The Museum of Ontario Archaeology (MOA) has been developing a new logo and we would like your help choosing the final version.  We have created two designs which reflect our belief that archaeology is (first and foremost) about people.

Both designs utilize the hand print as a way of bringing this focus to the forefront.  The hand print represents the people whose stories are being brought to life through archaeological research as well as everyone involved in archaeological activities.  The stylized palisade (below the left hand) connects the logo to the Lawson Village, a 16th century Neutral Iroquoian village located beside the museum.  The motif beside the right hand (on the version with two hands) is drawn from decorations found on pottery at the Lawson Village site.

The colours for both designs were drawn from the colour scheme voted most popular in an earlier poll.

As one respondent in a recent survey noted, “Images of pith helmets, fedoras and bones are iconic, but not really representative, and images of particular cultures or specific tools are too narrow to encompass all that archaeology represents.”  We have deliberately chosen a design that tries to encompass everything archaeology is about while recognizing the museum’s unique relationship with the Lawson Village site.






Remembrance Day

This remembrance day, let us not forget to pay tribute to First Nation veterans and current troops overseas by observing their military contributions in past wars.

The following information has been complied from Veterans Affairs Canada website: Aboriginal War Efforts.

First Nations have been an integral part to Canada’s military forces overseas and at home, sacrificing their lifestyle and their lives in the name of Freedom and Peace. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 3 First Nations people enlisted in the First World War, despite conscription that prohibited them from enlisting. Many First Nations struggled with the challenges of racial prejudice, as well as overcoming language  and cultural barriers while undergoing difficult training regimes all soldiers had to endure. Although many reasons for enlisting were similar to non-native soldiers, some natives had additional cultural motives for enlisting, such as reconnecting their spirit with their ancestor warriors, and to assume a more active, masculine role than what they could provide for their families on reserves.

In WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, Canadian First Nations were renowned for their excellent skills in infiltrating into enemy territory and sharp shooting; many became decorated war veterans for their skills and bravery. Records claim that 7000 Aboriginal Canadians enlisted in all three wars, although Aboriginal Veteran groups estimate this number is significantly higher due to records not including Inuit, Metis, and non-status Aboriginals in the statistics.

In contrast to WWI, WWII’s conscription enforced all Canadian citizens to enlist in the war. It was discovered, nonetheless, that the majority of Aboriginal Canadians already voluntarily enlisted, embracing the military traditions of their fathers and brothers. The Korean War saw less Canadian Forces participants than in the previous wars, however 26000 Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Canadians fought for South Korea’s freedom, a participation rate only surpassed by the USA and UK.

Metis-Canadian WWII Veterans unveiling the Metis Veteran Memorial at Juno Beach, 2009.
Metis-Canadian WWII Veterans unveiling the Metis Veteran Memorial at Juno Beach, 2009.

Remember to take a moment this Remembrance Day, November 11th to honour all past and current military personnel.

For more information about Aboriginal War Efforts, visit Veterans Affairs Canada.
You can also download a comprehensive PDF by VAC: A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military

– Tara U. MOA work study student.

November Palisade Newsletter

This month’s newsletter features information about our upcoming events and important information for:

November 2013 Featured Events at MOA

  • Annual First Nations Art & Craft Show and Sale November 24th
  • Vote for History in your Hands – our Aviva Community Fund project
  • Last chance to see Through the Voices of Beads exhibit (ends November 10th)
  • London Chapter OAS meeting November 14th at MOA

Click here to view the November Newsletter in PDF. Be sure to click the images and links for more information.
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