Repost: Inuit women reviving traditional black-bottom sealskin boots through summer workshops (8/21/2023) - Kimberly Pilgrim and Veronica Flowers, two Inuit women, have started a workshop series to conserve the traditional artistry of manufacturing black-bottom sealskin boots, a skill passed down through generations among the Inuit. The two, both university students, decided to hold workshops over the summer to discuss the full process of making these boots, from hunting… Continue Reading
Repost:Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs – Changing the Future of Tourism in Canada’s North (7/7/2023) - Author:Yvette Rasmussen (Stswecem’c Xget’tem First Nation) and Dr. Sonya Graci " ... Inuvialuk fashion designer, Taalrumiq, named after her maternal Great-Naanak Taalrumiq, resides in the Northwest Territories. For Inuvialuk Peoples, traditional names carry profound responsibility. Believing that children share physical and spiritual traits with their namesakes, Elders and family members performing the naming ceremony place deep consideration… Continue Reading
Repost: Support sustainable practices (6/13/2023) - Repost from the Canadian Crafts Federation   UNDERSTANDING SEAL PRODUCTS Over millennia, Indigenous and coastal communities have survived using cultural knowledge to sustain ecosystemic harmony, nourishment, and economic growth from seal products. However, these traditional methods, including sealskin craft, are being undersupported due to contemporary practices as society moves to modernity. NATIONAL SEAL PRODUCTS DAY The… Continue Reading
National Indigenous Peoples Day (5/22/2023) - June 21st is a day to recognize and honour the resilience, culture, and contributions of Indigenous peoples across Canada. 1. What is National Indigenous Peoples Day? National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to recognize and honour the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples who have been living in what is now known as Canada… Continue Reading
Repost: NWT Sealskin Artists Featured at the Northern Lights Conference (3/8/2023) - February 24, 2023   "Four Indigenous artists from the NWT had the opportunity last week to attend a national conference to promote the Proudly Indigenous Crafts and Designs(link is external) (PIC&D) brand, thanks to support from ITI’s NWT Arts Program and the Seals and Sealing Network (SSN) — a subcommittee of the Fur Institute of Canada.… Continue Reading
Celebrating Indigenous Women Artists Working with Sealskin (3/7/2023) - International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate and honour the accomplishments of women worldwide. In recognition of this special day, let us take a moment to shine the spotlight on some remarkable Indigenous women artists who have chosen to work with sealskin. From traditional sewing methods to innovative art installations, their work celebrates the… Continue Reading
Repost: In pictures: ‘Light bulbs go off’ at sealskin workshop (3/7/2023) - A six-day workshop in Yellowknife was held to help Indigenous artists in the Northwest Territories (NWT) improve their traditional skills and create contemporary sealskin works for the modern market.   The workshop was organized by the NWT's Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment and held at Makerspace YK. The attendees were taught pricing and selling… Continue Reading
Summary:Northern Lights event a gathering spot for political, business leaders (2/13/2023) - Northern Lights event, a five-day event at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, has featured talks on subjects ranging from Indigenous-led economic development and tourism to military and green energy issues.   Northern businesses and groups have been able to set up booths at trade shows to showcase their products and discuss future plans.   Our… Continue Reading
News summary: The chefs reviving the Arctic’s forgotten food (2/6/2023) - A group of innovative chefs from the Arctic and subarctic has banded together to promote indigenous culture by creating a new type of cuisine utilizing traditional ingredients.   The New Arctic Kitchen movement brings communities worldwide together to exchange and enhance their food traditions, including Arctic Canada, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Finnish land… Continue Reading
Summary: Lesson on Inuit beauty more than skin-deep for Inuk woman (2/1/2023) - Muckpaloo Ipeelie, an Inuk lady who lives in The Blue Mountains and is the creator and CEO of the Urban Inuit Identity Project, came to the local class to speak more about the traditions.   Last week, she worked as a guest instructor and taught Grade 9 cosmetology students at Collingwood Collegiate Institute about Inuit… Continue Reading