The Living Lab Logo – Created by Sarah Jim

This image represents the interconnected nature of the land, water, culture, traditional ecological knowledge, and western science. The roots of the cedar represent not only the veins of life for the tree, but is a metaphor for a complex and diverse network of people that work within the Living Lab project. The paddles, clam shell, and midden indicate a rich history and connection to the ocean for Coast Salish people as the salt water is a means of transportation, livelihood, and sustenance through reef net fishing. The camas flower is a significant part of Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ life as well due to it being a rich food source and trade food. The way the crescents and trigons on the top physically connect to the land below is a signifier of the interconnectedness of art, culture, and land. This design is a collaboration of ideas between the Living Lab network and myself.

 

About Sarah Jim

 

Sarah is a member of the W̱SÁNEĆ nation from the Tseycum village and has been doing environmental restoration work with PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ since 2018. Since then, she has learned all she knows about native plants and restoration by working intimately with the land, asking questions, reading, and being surrounded by mentors, knowledge keepers, and community members. Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and emulates her plant knowledge through her artwork. Her love for the outdoors and native plants continues to propel Sarah in a direction that helps heal the community and herself through plant medicines, native foods, and restoration work