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About the IATC Logo


The inspiration for the 2016 IATC conference logo is the 8-point Star Petrolglyph, a significant Mi’kmaw cultural symbol of unity that.

In 1983, a man in Bedford, Nova Scotia came across a Mi’kmaw petroglyph of the 8-point star. It is believed that this eight-point petroglyph is over 500 years old.

The eight-point star is understood to be an updated version of the seven-point star; which the Mi’kmaw used to represent the seven districts of their nation. The Mi’kmaw nation grew to eight communities with the addition of the K’Taqmkuk (Newfoundland) into their territory.

The 2016 IATC logo is a representation of a significant Mi’kmaw cultural symbol of unity; the 8-Point star. Its use of vibrant colour contrasting on dark surfaces and its layered geometric forms are inspired by the works of Mi’kmaw artist Tracey M. Barnaby, most noticeable in her print “Mi’gmaq Unity”.

IATC-Tracey-M-BarnabyBorn and raised in Listuguj, Quebec on the shores of the Restigouche River, Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work at St. Thomas University and a Masters of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University.

Tracey’s talent found expression as a founding member of Pugwalesg, a Mi’gmaq women’s hand drum group.  Tracey’s career in painting was launched as a therapeutic outlet, such as painting cartoon characters for her grandchildren. Upon sharing her work on social media Tracey began receiving requests for abstract paintings. Unsure at first of her painting ability she took on the challenge and much to her surprise she pulled it off! Now fueled with confidence Tracey began creating her own Mi’gmaq designs.

Tracey’s artwork reflects much of her own journey in life and she believes that everyone is on their own journey looking to better their lives and to put everything they have experienced into retrospect. For this reason she does not believe in assigning a story to her art.  “If someone becomes attracted to my art it’s because there’s something about their own journey in life that drew them to it.  My art now becomes their story!”

Click here to see more of Tracey’s work