In Canada, the arbutus tree is found primarily on the west coast of the British Columbia mainland and on Vancouver Island. We chose the arbutus tree for our name and logo because trees represent stability and growth. The arbutus tree is known as the Tree of Knowledge and is associated with integrity, strength, depth, and safety. The arbutus tree is highly adaptable and creative – the amazing shapes of the branches on the trees come from its ability to twist and turn itself in order to find the sunlight. The symbolism in our name reminds us of the integrity, strength and creativity that we aim to draw on in our Aboriginal law practice.
Our logo was created by Mike Dangeli, a highly-regarded First Nations artist in Vancouver. Our logo includes four animals, starting from the top left, clockwise: eagle, wolf, frog and killer whale. The eagle represents intelligence, power, vision, and the pursuit of freedom and other ideals. The wolf represents strength, agility, intelligence, devotion, and is known for its communication skills. The frog represents adaptability and knowledge, and is considered a great communicator. The killer whale represents strength, dignity, prosperity and longevity, and is known for its intelligence and devotion. Its tail symbolizes the human spirit. These are qualities that we seek to bring to our work. Each quadrant of the circle contains the symbol of a person and a hand. The people represent our clients and the communities we serve, and the hands represent the sharing of knowledge. The middle of the circle is occupied by an arbutus tree, known as the tree of knowledge, and is associated with integrity, strength, depth and safety, qualities we aim to draw upon in our Aboriginal law practice.
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As a firm, we are committed to making choices that reduce our impact on the environment. We want to tread lightly and leave as small a footprint as possible. To this end, we have adopted the following practices:
- In order to reduce our carbon footprint, whenever possible we drive instead of flying, and combine travel
- We are moving towards paperless offices: we save documents electronically rather than in paper form, and when possible we send documents electronically rather than by mail or fax
- When it is necessary to use paper, we only use 100% recycled paper or FSC-certified paper products
- We try to purchase goods and services from local suppliers in order to minimize carbon emissions from transportation
- We purchase energy-efficient equipment whenever possible
- We reduce our energy consumption by turning off, unplugging, or putting into standby mode lights, computers and other equipment that are not in use.
- When making purchases, we choose sustainable and low-impact products wherever possible giving preference to recycled, reusable and/or biodegradable products
- When products can no longer be reused, we recycle them