The Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous leadership (formerly known as the Hamilton Executive Directors' Aboriginal Coalition - H.E.D.A.C.) has been working to improve resources for the Indigenous community of Hamilton for over 20 years.
CHIL's mission is to decrease barriers and increase equitable access to services and programs for Indigenous community members of Hamilton.
Get to know the talented, bright, and creative team of CHIL.
Meaning Behind the Image
The background is an indigenized Skyline of the City of Hamilton representing the ways in which our community has made Hamilton home.
The Waterfalls represent the fact that the City of Hamilton is known as the waterfall capital of the world with an impressive total of 156 waterfalls within the city limits; while also highlighting our community’s connection to water.
The Water represents our Bay with the canoe holding the water in which we had travelled and still travel today.
The Stairs represent the connection to both lower and upper Hamilton.
The Indigenous landmark created by David General (artist from Six Nations) – Eagles Amongst Us - is represented in the “east” side of the skyline.
The Figure Heads at the top of the image represent CHIL, as a family and our connections to community.
The Sweetgrass Braid surrounds and connects us all, including our environment to the land, the land to the waters, the waters to the people.
Finally, the Sacred Fire that burns at the heart of the City, this represents Our Heart Beats and Our connection to Creator and this place, where we now live.
Acknowledgement to the designer:
The beautiful and thoughtful graphic design behind the Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Logo is the artwork of Brent Beauchamp.
Brent is Onondaga-Anishinaabe born and raised on Six Nations.
Brent's artistic skills range from traditional drawing to 2D animation and graphic design.
Brent's creativity is deeply rooted in indigeneity and provides a lens for others to see how beautiful and colourful Indigenous culture really