Pope in Canada: “Walking together”

The logo for Pope Francis’ “Penitential Pilgrimage” to Canada, July 24-30, was designed by Indigenous graphic designer Shaun Vincent.

Jul 21, 2022

Design by Shaun Vincent

By Francesca Merlo
Pope Francis will visit Canada July 24-30, stopping in Edmonton, Maskwacis, Quebec and Iqaluit, as previously announced in his itinerary. During the Angelus on Sunday 17, the Pope stressed that it will be an eminently “penitential” pilgrimage, which “could contribute to the path of healing and reconciliation already undertaken”, in reference to the “policies of cultural assimilation which in the past have seriously harmed, in various ways, Indigenous communities” in North America.

The creative process
The team of this papal visit explained the official logo of the trip to Canada.

“My creative process is inspired by nature, especially my family’s land in Saint-Laurent, Manitoba, a Métis community where I have rooted and where I am reminded of where and who I come – often with a dose of humility and always in a good mood.” -Shaun Vicent

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

“For this logo, the community is at the center of what I wanted to represent, with reindeer and herds of bison, fish and eagles, with a dove of peace and the keys of Saint Peter representing the Spirit. Saint and the Pope – placed among the animals and the elements of earth, sky and water.Wherever we go on this journey of healing and reconciliation, we go together,” explained Shaun Vincent.

About the circle
Explaining why the logo is circular, Shaun Vincent points out that “to truly walk together with purpose, it takes direction and focus. A circle-shaped grandfather drum paces the dance circles. Circles of flowery pearls shimmer during the violinist’s melody. A circle of outstretched arms as the throat sings under the circle of the sun. The circle is found throughout Aboriginal life. In a circle, all are equal, all are visible. The ceremony needs this symbol. It is history, it contains our stories. He is who we are. A symbol to represent this event must have confidence and calmness at its center. This is why I chose this symbol as the core, with the teachings existing in its form.

The impressions
Since its presentation, the design has garnered rave reviews. “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.

Jasmin Lemieux Lefebvre added, “We are grateful to Shaun who 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 journey of healing and reconciliation.

Given Canada’s vast landscape, Pope Francis will only use three communities as a base for his visit to Canada. The cities chosen are: Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit.

Edmonton: Home to the second largest number of Aboriginal people living in Canadian urban centres. In addition, 25 boarding schools were located in the province of Alberta.

Iqaluit: With a population of 8,000, is home to the largest number of Inuit, who are members of the indigenous Eskimo nation that inhabit the Arctic regions of Canada (approximately 3,900). Pope Francis was personally invited by Inuit delegates to visit the North when they meet in March.

Quebec City offers a hub of the East for those wishing to travel to be with Pope Francis, especially the indigenous peoples of the East. Regional points of interest also include Ste. Anne-de-Beaupré, is one of the oldest and most popular pilgrimage sites in North America, attracting Indigenous peoples and others from across Canada and around the world each year.–Vatican News

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