In 2020-21, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives contracted three local and regional Indigenous artists to design Indigenous iconography to use in our communication materials. The three artists and their artwork are featured below.

Tsista Kennedy

trista-kennedy.jpgTsista Kennedy is a woodland-style artist from Beausoleil First Nation, and Oneida Nation of the Thames.

Tsista creates his artwork on canvas with acrylic paint, on paper with ink, and digitally as well. He has been creating this style of artwork since the age of 13, winning a Governor General's Award for his "Seventh Fire Leadership" in 2018.

Tsista designed the Snapping Turtle and Skydome.


Walter Darr Sands

darr-sands.jpgWalter Darr Sands is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist from Walpole Island First Nation. He is an alumnus of Fanshawe College and Western University, and recipient of the 2016 Karl Nathan Staats Award for Contemporary Media.

Sands created the logo for the Western University Indigenous Student Association (2017). He is also the creative director for YCFWU skateboards (2012-present).

Sands is currently an outreach worker at Atlohsa Family Healing Services Inc.

Darr designed the Thunderbird and Eagle.


Design de Plume


Design de Plume Inc. is an Indigenously-owned communication firm with more than 10 years of experience in providing accessible, cultural services to First Nations, not-for-profits, governments and communities to help them articulate their messages and make change. Our firm serves all of Turtle Island and our services include strategy, advice, design and development.

Design de Plume created the Smudge and Lacrosse stick.