Whitefeather Forest Initiative

Cheekahnahwaydahmungk Keetahkeemeenaan
Keeping The Land

The small yellow inner circle represents the Creator, Keeshaymahneetoo, where everything has its beginning, its origin. This is where our Elders put the Whitefeather Forest Initiative planning process. The land is a sacred gift from the Creator.

The middle blue circle represents three aspects of the past: the tepee (our people, culture and livelihood); the tree (our land and everything on the land); the water (the lakes and rivers, and everything in them).

The green circle represents the future for Pikangikum people and our Whitefeather Forest Initiative. Encompassing the whole, the yellow ring represents our vision for Cheekahnahwaydahmungk Keetahkeemeenahn. The outer circle also represents our strength and unity as Beekahncheekahmeengpaymahteeseewahch. The circle is coloured yellow to represent the Creator who our Elders have always trusted to help and guide in our planning process.

The nine 3-coloured arrows represent the directions we are taking for all of our customary and new land use activities. The arrows point outward, or forward, to the future and are coloured to reflect the direction the Elders have given for all land uses: it is the Creator, represented by yellow, who is always leading the way and giving direction. The outer four small yellow triangles represent the four directions (North, East, South, West) and the eight larger blue and green arrows the eight seasons (Early Winter, Winter, Mid-Winter, Spring, Late Spring, Summer, Mid-Summer and Fall).

The three white feathers represent three components of Keeping the Land: Stewardship Strategy, Customary Activities & Economic Development. Together these three components describe three aspects of how Pikangikum First Nation will achieve our objectives of Keeping the Land, through the Community-based Land Use Planning process. Notice that the three feathers are overlapped at the inner circle, representing that they are really three interlocking pieces of a larger whole. The feathers touch on and pass through the past, present and future. The position of the feathers is not fixed; they rotate with the seasons and the four directions. The colour of the feathers is white, representing the Whitefeather Forest Initiative.

The colours (green, blue and yellow) are the colours of Pikangikum First Nation and are found on our flag. Three feathers are also found on the Pikangikum First Nation logo.

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The Whitefeather Forest lies within ancestral lands of the people of Pikangikum First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

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