Understanding different types of furs (5/23/2022) - With dozens of types of fur out there, each one serves its own purpose while giving each piece a look that can’t be recreated with any other materials. Here are the types of fur out there that you can find from local harvesters.   It’s the oldest industry in Canada and it’s still going strong—especially… Continue Reading
Fur Institute of Canada welcomes release of Atlantic Seal Science Task Team report (5/12/2022) -   Fur Institute of Canada welcomes release of Atlantic Seal Science Task Team report    May 12, 2022    Ottawa, ON – The release of the report from the federal government’s Atlantic Seal Science Task Team arrives at a time of great uncertainty for communities across Canada’s East Coast that rely on ocean industries, including… Continue Reading
Influencers Inspiring Indigenous Art (4/15/2022) - Proudly Indigenous Crafts & Designs is bringing artists and social influencers together to promote Indigenous fashion.   Fashion is so much more than the clothing we put on our backs each day. Designers often think of it as a creative act and an expression of themselves. For many Indigenous artists, it’s also an expression of… Continue Reading
The seal: Part of traditions and cultural heritage (4/5/2022) -   The seal: Part of traditions and cultural heritage   Seal hunting is central to Indigenous culture and allows communities to share traditional customs, skills, and values from generation to generation. For thousands of years, seals have been providing food, garment, heat, and light for people living in challenging Northern climates. Today, the seal continues… Continue Reading
Inuit conservation is transforming life and work in the Arctic (3/29/2022) - Policy options news repost    March 29, 2022   Inuit conservation is transforming life and work in the Arctic   "An emerging Inuit-led conservation sector draws on hunting and fishing to innovate in areas like eco-tourism, food security, environmental management.   COVID-19 continues to disrupt employment in remote northern communities. For the Inuit of Nunavut,… Continue Reading
Why is it a good idea to choose fur when it comes to fashion? (3/28/2022) - Why is it a good idea to choose fur when it comes to fashion?   There are two major types of materials for the fashion industry today: natural and synthetic. Natural materials are more popular in recent years for many different reasons. The fabric is generally more environmentally friendly and durable. But when it comes… Continue Reading
For this international MUN student, Inuit art exhibit is a chance to unlearn and relearn region’s culture (3/27/2022) - CBC News Repost   March 27th 2022   For this international MUN student, Inuit art exhibit is a chance to unlearn and relearn region's culture   Leisha Toory is a political science major at Memorial University. She lives in St. John's.   "I recently went to The Rooms in St. John's, to see a new… Continue Reading
Getting to Know Proudly Indigenous Artists (3/16/2022) - Getting to Know Proudly Indigenous Artists   Whether it’s through vibrant beaded earrings, seal skin mitts or tufted purses, Indigenous artists are combining traditional fashion with contemporary styles to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Proudly Indigenous Crafts and Designs showcases a number of designers whose work will make anyone stand out in a crowd, while causing looks… Continue Reading
Why is the seal vital for Indigenous communities? (3/16/2022) - Why is the seal vital for Indigenous communities?   Historically, seals were one of the main food sources for Arctic communities. Seals provide materials to make garments for Indigenous crafters and their communities and to keep them warm. The seal meat and oil are consumed to sustain communities that are often food-insecure.  The blubber of… Continue Reading
Advancing Reconciliation Through Seal Tapestries (2/9/2022) - Through tapestries made of sealskin, designer Cheryl Fennell expresses how reconciliation is a positive thing.   When guests walked into Yellowknife’s boutique Mermaid and Moon last November, their jaws literally dropped. Amid designer Cheryl Fennell’s clothing items on display during a talk and exhibit was a series of massive tapestries, all stretched with rows upon… Continue Reading