Indigenous design with rich symbolism

During the launch of its detailed program 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, especially my family’s land in Saint-Laurent, Manitoba,
a Métis community where I put down roots and remember where and who
I come – often with a dose of humility and always in a good mood.

-Shaun Vincent

Owner of the Winnipeg-based firm Vincent Design, Shaun was contacted by the papal visit team in early 2022. After much discernment, talking with elders and family members, he made the decision to participate in the creation of the visuals of the historic visit of the pope. Francis in Canada.

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

Since its unveiling, initial reactions to the design have been overwhelming. “We are very pleased with the work of Shaun Vincent and his team,” said Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre, digital communications manager for the papal visit team. “We are making the logo widely available in several downloadable versions on our website. We are grateful to Shaun for being 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 journey of healing and reconciliation.

More information about the logo can be found at www.papalvisit.ca/walking-together-logo.

Abdul J. Gaspar