CIER is the only national, First Nation-directed environmental non-profit organization with charitable status. We operate in a virtual environment and our staff works with our clients to develop and implement sustainable solutions to proactively address environmental issues affecting First Nations lands. We approach all our efforts using an integrated approach that combines multiple perspectives and fosters collaborative relationships. CIER's work focuses upon meeting First Nation needs, as they define them, and by sharing the tools and solutions we work with First Nations to take action to solve the environmental problems that affect their lands and waters.
Why 'Indigenous' in Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources? Quite simply, though 'Aboriginal' is used in Canada to collectively refer to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit, our founders wanted to recognize that 'Indigenous' (meaning native to place) best reflected where and with whom we work. Throughout our work we use the term Indigenous, First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Aboriginal,
Our logo embodies our pursuit to attain balance between the Earth and its peoples. The central figure, the Turtle, represents the Earth. A variety of legends says that the turtle offered its back for the foundation of the land known as North America. The turtle symbolizes a deep connection to the Earth and reminds us that we need to respect the Earth.
The two circles above and below the turtle represent the sun and its reflection in the flowing water. The sun provides us with light and heat. It's reflection symbolizes that we need to reflect upon our Earth's situation, and as flowing water is in a constant pattern of change, we need to act upon our thoughts in order for change and cleansing to occur.
The feathers represent a healing message from the Spirit beings. They point toward the trees, the sacred Spirits connecting the Earth and the sky.
The sun and its reflection, the water, the feathers and the trees form a circle around a turtle representing interconnectedness between all of the aspects of life and nature.
Designed and painted by Reegan D. Breu in 1995.