Eagles are an iconic symbol of the west coast, their image has always been part of Native art. The eagle is venerated for its long sight, and by extension, its vision of the future. They are a source of guidance and an inspiration to aspire to heights. The lifecycles of the eagle and the salmon are woven together, eagles living largely on salmon. The salmon eggs that surround the eagles in this design represent prosperity and wealth.
The inspiration for three of this year's designs came from the historical importance of the local city of Sidney to the Tsartlip people. Sidney is the only local place where the tides run in such a way that reef netting of sockeye salmon was successful. Taken together the three pieces link to tell a story; from the birth of the salmon in "Salmon Egg" through the harvesting of the salmon in "Reef Net" to the death of the salmon after spawning and their consumption by eagles in "Two Eagles". It is intentional that in none of the designs is the human element dominant.