Island Health's Aboriginal Health program uses three logos created by local artists. To learn more about the artists and their approach, please read their biographies:
A Strong Song to Holistic Healing (First logo on the right) LessLIE
Born in 1973 in Duncan, BC, lessLIE's "colonized, Catholic, Canadian name" is Leslie Robert Sam. His "decolonized artist's name" is lessLIE. Picasso once said that "art is a lie that tells the truth." lessLIE is living this perspective in the spirit of trickster traditions. lessLIE has a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies from Malaspina University-College. While working on this undergraduate degree, lessLIE began to study Coast Salish art in 1995. lessLIE is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Coast Salish art at the University of Victoria.
Eagles Eternity (Second logo on the right) Fred Anderson Jr.
Fred Anderson Jr. was born in 1966 at Rivers Inlet BC, a village situated just east of the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. Traditional aboriginal art has been an integral part of his life from early childhood. All his creations have a story incorporating culture with spiritual development. “I believe that all experiences positive and negative are stepping stones to personal improvement.” Fred learned his art from his elders, apprenticed under the renowned native artist, Ross Hunt and was greatly influenced by David Gladstone. Heiltsuk & Owikeeno Nation Bella Bella, B.C.
Hummingbird (Third logo on the right) George Shaughnessy Jr.
George was born in 1963 in Alert Bay and his parents are from Wakeman Sound and Gilford island. George began to study Kwaguilth art in 1987 when his family was preparing for an upcoming Memorial Potlatch. Although he still works with pencil, paper and acrylic paint he has learned to digitalize his artwork onto the computer using vector graphics. The Hummingbird dance promotes good spiritual and physical health and healing.
Please note: Our logo may not be reproduced in any form without the express written permission from Island Health.