The central crest (containing the heart shapes) makes reference to the city of Montreal’s logo. The angle, colour and the shape have been transformed from the original to represent the six NETWORK’s Working Committees. In the center, we find a tepee and an inukshuk, which remind us that the NETWORK answers directly to the needs of the Montreal Aboriginal population – individuals from the First Nations, as well as Inuit city dwellers.
The hands symbolize the community’s foundation as well as its actions, strength and support of the NETWORK. The feathers, the ulu, and the variety of colours – including the medicine wheel’s red, yellow, black and white, along with blue, green and orange – underline the diversity of the Aboriginal community of the greater Montreal area. The ulu, for example, represents the indispensable leadership of women in the NETWORK, such as the women involved with the Montreal Aboriginal Women’s Shelter, one of the primary initiators of the NETWORK. As well, this knife traditionally used by Inuit women, emphasizes that beyond the will expressed by all the NETWORK’s partners, the Working Committees must develop and use suitable tools to fulfill their mandates and priorities. The infinity sign represents the Métis people who come from Canadian Métis communities.
Martin Dubé is a Cree from northern Saskatchewan who has lived in Montreal for most of his life. He has been a graphic designer for the past thirteen years, is married and has three children. Martin started his own graphic production company, Mikisew’s Cree-ations, six years ago. The work he does is inspired by Aboriginal art and culture, specifically that of the West coast of Turtle Island.
Martin’s past experience have on the one hand influenced his creative process, and on the other, his awareness of the environment – its beauty, majesty and strength, as well as its fragility. This past experience includes a three-year program of study in Puvirnituq; travels across Canada – from Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon (Quebec) to Nanaimo (British-Columbia); and a yearlong stay in his home community in Lac La Ronge to strengthen the connections with his roots, before returning to Montreal to settle down.