The athletic team named the Mohawks, was selected to honour the Aboriginal people of the Six Nations in Ontario, Canada.
The Mohawk (Kanien'keha:ka) are the eastern most members of the Haudenosaunsee Confederacy, also commonly referred to as the Iroquois or Six Nations. The Six Nations reside south and east of Lake Ontario.
All Haudenosaunsee nations sit in the shade of the Tree of Peace; a symbol representing diplomacy between the Iroquois and Westerners and the confederacy of the Six Nations.
Each tribe is represented by an animal spirit or clan; Bear, Turtle, Eagle & Wolf.
Our athletic team Mohawks lead the school's athletic spirit.
Our athletic school crest design will encompass both the Mohawk Tribe and its powerful strength.
We commissioned an aboriginal artist with indigenous Mohawk roots to create our logo for our crest for our athletic uniforms, and athletic flag.
Our four house teams; Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga, represent indigenous tribes that are part of the Six Nations.
There are two separate designs for the logo;
(1) The shield with the tree of doves,
(2) The tree of doves without the shield.
In both renditions, the tree symbolizes an organic beginning.
The deep roots symbolize knowledge and passion for education.
The strong trunk symbolizes student strength and power and confidence.
The doves symbolize collaboration, peace, freedom to soar and curiosity.
The coloured dove symbolizes the individual student: strong, centred, integrated yet each with distinct character.
The shield symbolizes tradition and culture.
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.
One is roots; the other wings.
Hodding Carter, Jr.