Indigenous Timberwolves Line
The Indigenous logo designed exclusively by Gitxsan artist Trevor Angus for the UNBC Timberwolves men's and women's soccer and basketball teams. Net proceeds from the sale of these one-of-a-kind items will be split between Lheidli T'enneh youth programs and Indigenous student athelete awards.
Angus took the Timberwolves wolf logo that has been used since 1998, designed his own interpretation and created custom Indigenous piping that adjourns the sleeves of the clothing.
Beyond the incredible art supplied by Angus, the design displays meaningful messages. In consultation with the Lheidli T'enneh Chief and Council, the bear syllabics translate to 'En Cha Huná the very phrase that sits across the back shoulders of the hoodies, crew neck, long and short sleeve t-shirts. 'En Cha Huná is UNBC's motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, and is interpreted as "respecting all forms of life."
In 2016, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Elders and representatives presented UNBC with our Carrier name at a special ceremony that celebrated the past, present and future community collaboration. This special edition hoodie represents this relationship and features the words Nizdeh Nekeyoh Hohudel’eh Baiyoh.
Nizdeh Nekeyoh Hohudel’eh Baiyoh translates to “House of Learning” and recognizes UNBC’s key educational role in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh.
Our unique relationship spans almost 30 years and is reflected in the UNBC official crest and our motto, 'En Cha Hunà. The motto, also from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, directly translates as “he/she also lives,” and is interpreted as “respecting all forms of life.” En Cha Hunà encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.
How to Pronounce UNBC’s (Dakelh) Carrier Name: Niz-day Nay-Kay-yo Ho-Hah-del-eh Buy-yo
To learn more about UNBC’s ongoing initiatives to strengthen connections with Aboriginal peoples, visit www.unbc.ca/aboriginal-resource-dati.
UNBC supports the Orange Shirt Society through sales of the "Every Child Matters" orange shirts, as well as a with sales of the UNBC-designed Orange Shirt. September 30th is Orange Shirt Day and we wear the orange shirt to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
We carry a variety of Native Northwest gifts designed by various Indigenous artists, including Trevor Angus, the artist who created the Indigenous Timberwolves logo. There is also a selection of locally made Indigenous jewlelry.