The Island Health Aboriginal Recruitment & Retention Logo was developed in 2011 to signify the commitment to our vision for the future. Our Eagle, or Yuxwule' logo is prominent on all of our Aboriginal recruitment materials and promotional items.
The eagle is the power of the Great Spirit who has a divine strength of character
with focused attention and healing powers. It is a symbol of grace and beauty
with a connection to the concept of perfection and the divine.
About the artist
Joe Wilson was born in 1967 and raised at Koksilah near Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Joe’s keen interest in Native Art began at the tender age of 12 whilst watching his stepfather, Johnny Sampson, designing and carving beautiful works.
At the age of 17, Joe began producing and marketing his various carvings within the local region. He has apprenticed under master carvers such as the late Simon Charlie and Coast Salish artist Charles Elliott. Furthermore, he has studied under Nuu-Chah-nulth master carver Tim Paul at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Joe has studied Coast Salish Art extensively and has emerged as one of the most prolific Coast Salish artists today. His influences include acclaimed artists Simon Charlie and Tim Paul.
Joe Wilson will continue to push the boundaries of Coast Salish Art while creating works that distinguish and preserve his culture for current and future generations. His talent will continue to bring him the recognition that is reserved for outstanding artists.