Turtle Meaning as our logo
Turtle = Mi'gjgj (mick-jeej) in Mi'gmaq
Logo created by Phyllis Grant of Pabineau First Nation
The turtle logo begins as a symbol of the "legend of the turtle" on the Nepisiguit River. It is broken down into the colours of the 4 directions. It goes as follows: Yellow for people of the far East, Black for the people of the South, Red for the people of the West and White for the people of the North.
In the center of the logo, you can see the symbolic waves representing the flow of the river to the East. The dot above is the rising sun (Segãwaat) where as the Mi'gmaq people are the keepers of the Eastern door, the First Nation to greet the rising sun in the East.
The turtle teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, those who have the turtle as totem or spirit animal may be encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for more grounded, long-lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.