The Acsenda Talking Stick

Talking Sticks are ceremonial carvings used by First Nations peoples during gatherings and meetings to structure speaking order. The person holding the Talking Stick is identified as the speaker, and others should remain silent and listen to the speaker. When the speaker finishes speaking, the stick is passed to the next person. It is used to help people work together and helps to ensure everyone has the opportunity to express their opinions in a fair and open way. It is considered a great honour to hold the Talking Stick.

The images carved on the Talking Stick are indicative of the group it represents. Carved by Squamish First Nations artist, Darren Yelton, the Acsenda School of Management Talking Stick consists of 7 images that convey our story and values as a place of learning that brings people from around the world together to promote growth and development, peace and understanding.

The Talking Stick is carved on Western Red Cedar which holds important spiritual meaning for the Northwest Coast first nations peoples. The wood is soft, light and flexible, but is also very strong and long-lasting.

What is the meaning of the seven images that the Talking Stick conveys?

 

The Eagle

The Acsenda Talking Stick

The eagle is a symbol of great strength, leadership, prestige, healing, and creation. It is believed to be the creature with the closest relationship with the creator and with its ability to fly to great heights that can travel between the physical and spiritual world. The eagle has an ability to provide oversight and a strong connection to peace and therefore connects to the global perspective and our promotion of cross-cultural understanding that Acsenda promotes.

The Bear

The Acsenda Talking Stick

The bear symbolizes strength, health, vitality, courage, and nurturing. It is considered the protector of the animal kingdom. The bear endures long periods alone and helps remind us to draw courage and strength from our experiences. It also connects with our wish for good health to all.

The Hummingbird

The Acsenda Talking Stick

The Hummingbird represents joy, love, and appreciation for the miracle of living and helps us focus on the positivity in our lives live. Hummingbirds are often seen as joyful messengers and healers. Hummingbirds are agile and have great energy to help us navigate and adapt to changes in our lives. They also have the ability to hover in one place, fly sideways, backwards, and forwards, which reminds us to look back to our past, but not to dwell, instead to move forward. Hummingbirds also remind us to savour every sweet moment and enjoy the nectar of life as they do when hovering over each flower.

The Raven

The Raven symbolizes creation, transformation, and knowledge. Legends describe the raven as a trickster, or perhaps more appropriately one with the ability to persuade people and encourage them to look at things in a different way. The raven is credited for bringing messages from the creator and sharing knowledge to help people learn and develop, and to understand the truth. To us, the raven instills a passion for knowledge, creation, and promotion of global understanding.

The Killer Whale

The Killer Whale is the protector and guardian of the seas and symbolizes kindness, intelligence, and compassion. It lives and travels in the oceans which connect our world and therefore represent Acsenda’s emphasis on international thinking.  The killer whale is also known as the guardian of travel and is said to protect those who travel away from home and to help lead them back when the time comes. Killer whales will usually live their whole lives with the same pod and take special care of their family, which is symbolic of the care which members of the Acsenda family extend to each other.

The Welcome Man

The Welcome Man is depicted by the Squamish First Nations people with hands pointing out to welcome all people to their community, express their hospitality and promote peace and understanding. We are appreciative that our local first nations have welcomed us to live, learn, work, and enjoy this beautiful environment and this symbol exemplifies how Acsenda welcomes people from around the world.

The Sun

The Sun Symbol represents life-giving abundance with its warmth radiating healing and peace. This symbol is shown as a part of the Welcome Man figure which shows our ability to give life, and that through our actions we too can radiate warmth to others, help with healing and promote peace.

Location and Acknowledgements

The Acsenda School of Management campus is situated in the centre of the business district in Vancouver, in one of the city’s most prestigious buildings. We are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of people of the Tsleil-Waututh (səlil̓ w̓ətaʔɬ), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.

Vancouver is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is a city where you can ski in the mountains, hike in the forest, cycle around the seawalls, and swim in the ocean all on the same day. There are also boutiques, high-end shopping areas and beautiful sidewalk cafés. Vancouver has stunning, modern buildings, old-world charm, and many peaceful parks and recreational facilities throughout the region. A symphony orchestra, opera, theatre, dance companies, and a world-class museum make Vancouver a city of the arts.

An education at Acsenda, in the city of Vancouver, is not just about the programs that are offered, but also includes the experiences of the city that you will be able to take away with you. Prospective students can learn more about the city of Vancouver from its website: www.vancouver.ca.