The white turtle symbol on the front of the t-shirts was designed by Rev. Linda Ashfield. Linda explains the connection between the turtle and “Nique” below:
The term Nique was given to us by one of the elders at Anishinabe. It means our spiritual home, our peaceful dwelling: all the images and feelings that home brings rather than house.
There are Aboriginal stories that speak about creation beginning on a turtles’ back … it was the idea of Eden, Paradise, our original true home.
When the group arrived in Winnipeg Rev. Margaret Mullin, director of Administration for Winnipeg Inner City Missions to them that a white turtle was a great choice, because it communicates the message: “we come in Peace”… “we are here to be your friends”.
Linda and friends at Anishanabe Fellowship Centre.