The logo of the upcoming Papal visit to Canada: An Indigenous design with rich symbolism

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  • June 30, 2022

As its detailed program was launched on June 23, the Papal visit team unveiled the official logo of the Papal visit to Canada. The logo, which illustrates the Walking Together theme, is the work of an incredibly talented Indigenous artist, Shaun Vincent. 

“My creative process is inspired by nature, particularly in my family’s land in St. Laurent, Manitoba,
a Métis community where I ground myself and am reminded where and who
I come from – often with a dose of humility and always good humour.” 
- Shaun Vincent 

Owner of the Winnipeg-based Vincent Design firm, Shaun was contacted by the Papal visit team in early 2022. After some lengthy discernment, talking with elders and family members, he made the decision to participate in creating the visuals for the historic visit of Pope Francis to Canada.  

“For this logo, community was at the heart of what I wanted to portray, with the caribou and bison herds, the fish and the eagles, with a dove of peace and the Keys of St. Peter- representing the Holy Spirit and the Pope - set among the animals and elements of earth, sky and water. Wherever we go on this journey of healing and reconciliation, we go together.’’, explained Shaun Vincent. 

Since its unveiling, initial reactions to the design have been glowing. “We are very pleased with the work of Shaun Vincent and his team’’, said Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre, lead – digital communications for the Papal visit team. “We are making the logo widely available in several downloadable versions on our website. We are grateful that Shaun was able to bring his creative vision to life and incorporate so many important elements into the logo. This important visual is a powerful symbol of our ongoing healing and reconciliation journey.” 

More information on the logo can be found on the www.papalvisit.ca/walking-together-logo page. 

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