Partner Event – Indigenous Design: Beyond Medicine Wheels, Ox Carts and Inukshuks with MARK RUTLEDGE

21 Nov 2019 to 21 Nov 2019

Indigenous Design: Beyond Medicine Wheels, Ox Carts and Inukshuks with MARK RUTLEDGE
Why you should think twice about using cultural and spiritual symbols in your visual design and communication projects

WHEN: Thurs. Nov 21 from 6 to 9 pm (optional: 5:45 Group smudging ceremony. Meet at Ambrosia)
WHERE: Ambrosia Event Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria
COST: $15 advance tickets, $20 (cash only) at the door.

Free to GDC Members, Students, and Indigenous peoples free with advance ticket ( and $10 (cash only) at the door.


Design forms, colour combinations, cultural artefacts, and icons are essential tools in visual communication. Graphic Designers of Canada National President, Mark Rutledge, a proud Ojibwe, will explore the subtleties of cultural appropriation from an Indigenous perspective.


MARK RUTLEDGE is the National Graphic Designers of Canada and a proud Ojibwe. He is currently the lead designer of a 100 per cent Indigenous-owned web services company. The firm works in website design, custom software, design & branding, and digital communications for Indigenous groups and their allies across Turtle Island (the Indigenous term for “North America”). They use technology for social, economic and cultural initiatives to achieve better outcomes for Indigenous people.


The GDC presentation will be filmed for educational use across Canada. Proceeds raised from subsequent showings will support a GDC scholarship fund named after Rutledge’s mother, Cheryl Lynn Rutledge, to encourage Northern Indigenous youth to purse a design career. “I keep moving forward for youth,” says Rutledge, “taking with me their spark of potential because that ember can become the fire of creativity and opportunity for future generations.”


The Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) is Canadaʼs national certification body for graphic and communication design. Since 1956 it has established professional services and ethical business conduct standards for design professionals, educators and leaders.



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