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Royal
Commission
on
Aboriginal Peoples
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THE
RIGHT
OF
ABORIGINAL
SELF-GOVERN:MENTAND
THE
C:
ONSTITUTION:
A
Commentary
 
The
symbolism
of
the
logo
of
the
Royal
Commission
on
Aboriginal
Peoples
The
figures joining hands are derived from anIroquois wampum belt. Its design
is
altered
into
circular
fashion
but
still
maintains
itssymbol
of
unity.
These
figures are identified
as
elders,
men,
WOlnen,
children
of
future
generations and representatives and partici-pants from different tribes, races, societies,
or
groups 11leeting for a comlllon purpose.
With
the
white design
between the
figuresand the circle, the overall image lends itself tothe shape
of
the Sun Mask
of
the west coastIndians. Among the peoples
of
the Arctic, thesubject
of
the sun and its welcomed light to
the
land
was an
inspiration
to
portray
the
dawning
of
a
new
day,
or
of
a
rekindled
relationship.
The
circle
is
common
to Aboriginal peoples
as
a symbol
of
Earth,
as
well
as
being
rep-
resentative
of
wholeness, harmony, and life
as
a continuous journey.
The
bear paw,
in
most
if not
all Aboriginalpeoples' cultures, symbolizes a healing energy.
The
bear's prominence
is
also essential in theMedicine Wheel and
is
considered to bestowthis
healing
energy.
According
to
Ojibway
custom,
a
woman in
their
Sweat
Lodge
ceremonies represents that position.
It
is
thishealing energy that contributes to the process
of
unity and strength with people, and in turnbrings
harnlony
and
understanding
towardsa concern.
Joseph
Sagutch
Toronto,
OntarioJanuary, 1992
 
TheRi
htof
Aboriginal
elf-Gov
rnment
and
the
Constitution:
A
COlntnentary
hythe
Royal COlllmission
on
Aboriginal
Peoples
February
13,
1992
Ottawa

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