The feisty fish has been The Tyee’s mascot since we launched in 2003. Tyee is a Nuu-chah-nulth word that means chief or person or thing of superior qualities. It became part of Chinook jargon used to trade among Indigenous peoples and then European arrivals as well. Tyee also came to signify a Chinook salmon of 30 pounds or more. In founding this publication, we chose a name that symbolized our commitment to quality as well as free-roaming independence. In 2022 we retired the salmon from our logo, but it lives here on our staff page to remind us of this place’s vital ecology and the need for journalism to swim against the current to go where it must.
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