On March 16th, 2017, a naming ceremony was held at the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng. The Youth Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee, Elders and the eHealth Unit were all part of this ceremony and sat in unison to receive the name.
Mizhakwun is the name that was given to Manitoba’s Network of the Future; Mizhakwun means “the sky is clear”. The eagle opened up the sky and has cleared the path for the future generations to connect with each other. The Youth ICT Committee had already brainstormed over many sessions to come up with a name for the new Initiative and company that was being formed. They chose Four Connections and thus this was amalgamated with the name received in ceremony to become “CLEAR SKY CONNECTIONS”.
Direction was also given to the team that the 4 feathers and the 4 colours of Nanaandawewigamig, the “Healing Place”, also known by the English corporate name of “First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba” be incorporated into the logo. The eHealth Long Term Strategy was built by the Nanaandawewigamig eHealth Unit, formerly of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The link back to where the initiative was born should always be acknowledged.
The four colors represent the 4 races; the 4 directions, and the ribbons represent the connection of the fiber from community to community. The feathers not only represent Nanaandawewigamig but also represent the supporters of the Initiative, the Network of the Future, and the Initiative’s ultimate goal of helping the four directions of all communities. The circles within the feathers are the people in each community. The smaller yellow circles inside the feather and ribbons represent the First Nations leaders, the Tribal Councils and the Independent First Nations. The eagle is the main leader flying towards the horizon — the Network of the Future.
Digitizing of Logo Credit: Tony Cote
Credit regarding the descriptive
and development work of the name
"Clear Sky Connections":
Youth ICT Committee of 2016-2017 (see photo),
Elder Dave Courchene,
Elder Harry Bone; and
Nanaandawewigamig's eHealth Unit
Original painting of CSC Logo Credit:
artist Gayle Sinclair, Norway House Cree Nation
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