The big Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square has become kind of iconic in the city and it's definitely a popular Instagram spot with its bright colours and urban aesthetic. 

While the sign is always changing its light colours to show support for various causes in the community, recently it got a major facelift and this one is lasting all summer. 

The sides of the Toronto sign's letters are now completely wrapped in a pattern of 11 different Indigenous symbols, including a medicine wheel, a turtle, an inukshuk, and more. 

According to the City of Toronto, the new wrap is meant to honour Indigenous communities and people in Canada and will remain on the sign all throughout the summer until sometime in fall 2018. 

Via City of Toronto

Each of the 11 symbols was carefully chosen to represent different elements of Indigenous culture in Canada and the city explains the significance of each one on their website

The turtle, for example, is an important part of the Indigenous creation story of Turtle Island, while the Inukshuk is an important part of Inuit life as it is a guide to travellers. 

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This isn't the only recent change to the sign that honours Indigenous people. In June a large 3D medicine wheel was also added to raise awareness for National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. 

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