Calgary's Indigenous Logo

I’m a great fan of indigenous art, having several prints & carvings around the house but must say this logo doesn’ t do anything for me. You?

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Standalone I don’t think its particularly appealing. It will probably look better on a helmet.

That aside, I do like it more than the TiCat Indigenous logo. We should do a ranking pool after they’ve all been unveiled.

Who are we still waiting for? Als, Riders, REDBLACKS, Argos?


Same here. I really like the Elks indigenous logo and think it looks better than their usual one.

This one looks like the horse ridden by Ghost Rider of Marvel Comics fame or by the undead beyond the wall in Game of Thrones. Perhaps it will look better on the helmet as suggested.


I’ve seen some gorgeous indigenous art. This isn’t it. Sorry.


Really gotta look for the indigenous aspect. It also is not pleasing to the eye?


It kinda looks to me like someone graffitied the logo. And not well.


The logo seems like something that would be etched into stone. It channels the energy of bare-back riding during the era of settler expansion in the “Wild West”.

The main issue to my untrained eye is that it seems a bit cartoony.

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Honestly, the problem I have isn’t the logo itself. It’s that the stampeders name is derived from the stampeders of the klondike gold rush - the miners that came and took land, and otherwise oppressed and exploited the native indigenous populations. While I have no doubt that some first nations were likely consulted on this, the idea itself seems like a bit of a historical whitewash. I would prefer if the stampeders didn’t do the helmet art, and instead, made a statement acknowledging the historical context, as well as a reparation to those affected. The klondike stampeders were not friendly to indigenous people.


It reminds me of those cave paintings in France. I think it could be much better.

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Give me strength

Designed by Jacob Alexis, Richard Running Rabbit and Siksika Health Services CEO Dr. Tyler White, the basic concept for the special logo to be worn on the Stampeders’ helmets emulates the Contemporary Plains Style Traditional Art. The symbols used are paint styles that would be used for horses on special occasions including going into battle: Lightning bolts for speed and agility, stripes for acts of valour, paint around the eye for keen vision, feathers also for valour or to represent coups and the spotted hind quarter representing creation stories and teachings.

The handprint on the chest represents a fierce, fearless horse who would knock down enemies and bring the rider home unharmed.

The helmet will also feature custom numbers and braid-style striping to honour the people and traditional use of the braid in the Indigenous communities. The symbols depicting mountains and tipi/lodges are used to represent the people of Treaty 7, the people by the mountains.

“In Siksika, we’ve received nothing but hospitality from Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation teams,” said Dr. White. “The Calgary Hitmen, the Calgary Flames, and now the Calgary Stampeders. It’s such an honour to be able to share our Blackfoot artwork and culture with friends and community.”

Fans will have the opportunity to win one of the special-edition orange pre-game jerseys worn by the players prior to Saturday’s game by purchasing Stampeders Foundation RE/MAX 50/50 raffle tickets.

The jackpot opens today – Sunday, Sept. 24 – and will run until Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 p.m. Everyone purchasing a 50/50 ticket will be entered into a draw for a chance to win the jackpot and/or one of 49 orange jerseys worn by a member of the Stampeders. Seven jersey draws of seven jerseys each will be held over the seven-day raffle.

Proceeds will benefit local youth programming in each of the Treaty 7 First Nation Communities. Through the CSEC Inclusion Program, support is provided to programs and charities such as Spirit North, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience and the CSEC Indigenous Internship Program, among others.


Cool story. I still don’t like the artwork, but at least now I understand a bit of the symbolism.


Interesting story, but pretty darn sure the name derives from the lil ol’ party held at the beginning of July….there were ‘stampeders’ that went up to the gold rush but that bit of history has nothing to do with this area of the country, maybe up in Edmonton, prospectors did go through there to reach the Klondike…


I thought most accessed the Klondike via BC and/or Alaska. But let’s not let inconvenient facts get in the way here.

But back to the topic, I as well am not liking this logo. The Edmonton one was far superior, really liked that one.

You’re correct, most travelled up the coast by boat or the interior of BC, but there was an All-Canada route starting in the Edmonton area…

I’m neutral on the changes to the logo, I get the input, not sure it helps T&R, but who knows, maybe, doesn’t hurt I guess…at least the helmet isn’t honouring a WW2 nazi, whew, dodged that PR bullet…

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I was not aware of that; nor was I aware that gold rush participants were called stampeders.


“The most direct way was by boat to the Lynn Canal in southeastern Alaska, over White or Chilkoot Pass into Canada, and down the Yukon River. Alternate routes were by water via St. Michael, Alaska and the Yukon River, and by land through western Canada and Alaska.”

Routes to Riches — UW Libraries.

…I think the term ‘stampeder’ was used, by the press, to reflect the speed and volume at which the prospector ‘stampede’ made its way north…

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Pretty sure it will be on the helmets for the game sept 30th

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Wouldn’t “those affected” all be deceased by now? The Klondike Gold Rush was a long time ago. . .

The problem with judging these designs purely as art is that everyone has different tastes in art. The main purpose of these designs is to symbolize something, to make us think about something other than the visual image. If they make us think about the histories of our nations and the effect on those who were here before us, past, present AND future they are serving their purpose. Canada and the USA are both overwhelmingly nations of immigrants. Even those of us whose ancestors were relatively recent arrivals cannot avoid responsibility for what was done to the first Americans by earlier arrivals, as we came to enjoy the benefits which they created, largely at the expense of those who were already here.
Let’s not dwell on how “attractive” they are, let’s think more about why there is a need for them in the first place.