Tree of Togetherness: The maple leaf is illustrated as a symbol of people in Canada. As newcomers to Canada, graduate student researchers in this special issue found a way of bonding together through our common connectedness to the Canadian land. Each maple leaf reflects the similarities and nuanced diversities of our lived stories. Together, we strike new roots in Canada, build up branches of strength and resilience, and crown the blooming cultural meanings that derive from experiences or perceptions of uprootedness. The rustle of leaves is the whisper of people who may resemble, move and beckon every attentive listener.
Artist: Yu Zhang, 2019