The Camas plant: a symbol of our being and doing
Camas is Indigenous to the local lands. In May these beautiful, six-petalled lilies are abound in the places they have been allowed to survive. Traditionally the bulbs were an important trade item and a staple food of the Indigenous peoples.
Honouring the qualities of beauty, survival, utility, and sustenance that the camas embodies, Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen has adopted the plant as its visual model to symbolize the services we provide to Indigenous students and communities. The bulb represents Indigenous community and knowledge, from which our strength is derived. Its stems and leaves represent the relationships through which we do our work. The centre of the flower embodies the students we serve and each petal signifies one of our functions.