A Winter In Style (12/20/2021) - Wearing Seal Fur It’s official: winter is here. Even Vancouver has been seeing some snow, proving the festive season is upon us and that means putting on warm cozy clothes to snuggle into. We know comfort doesn’t always equate to cute and chic outfits, but there is a way to stay on trend while braving… Continue Reading
Ad campaign urges people to see the sustainability behind seal (11/29/2021) - Published: November 20, 2021 at 6:29 am EMILY BLAKE   “The campaign, from national non-profit the Seals and Sealing Network, began on November 8. It includes a series of blog posts and videos highlighting the sustainability of seal harvesting and the health and community benefits of seal oil, meat, and fur.”   Read Full Article: Ad… Continue Reading
Proudly Indigenous Fall Trends (11/25/2021) - New Trends Done Ethically Trends are always changing, but the one thing that’s remains in fashion is sustainability. There are many ways to shop sustainably, but the best move is to buy local. That way, you know exactly where it’s coming from and the materials are usually from the area where it’s purchased. That means… Continue Reading
Ottawa park renamed after late Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook (11/15/2021) - Fraser Needham, Nov 08, 2021   “Pootoogook’s art tends to focus on the every day such as watching television or cutting seal meat on the floor.”   Source: Late Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook has Ottawa park named after her (aptnnews.ca) Learn more about Annie Pootoogook’s drawing, Eating Seal at Home, 2001: https://www.aci-iac.ca/art-books/annie-pootoogook/key-works/eating-seal-at-home/ Continue Reading
Meet the North West River woman passing on ulu-making skills to the next generation (11/15/2021) - Regan Burden · CBC News · Posted: Nov 09   "My grandmother, who raised me from birth, cleaned sealskins for people in spring. The hunters would bring the seals — it was a commercial hunt back then — so there were lots of seals being harvested for pelts and the food. So there were always sealskins in our… Continue Reading
Nunavut MP Lori Idlout to take oath in Inuktitut, in ceremony lit by seal-oil lamps (11/15/2021) - The Canadian Press Marie Woolf Nov 09, 2021   “Lori Idlout, the new MP for Nunavut, is planning to wear a traditional Atigi parka at her swearing-in ceremony, which will be lit by seal-oil lamps and feature traditional Inuit throat singers.” Source: Nunavut MP Lori Idlout to take oath in Inuktitut, in ceremony lit by seal-oil… Continue Reading
Understanding Cultural Appropriation (11/15/2021) - When it comes to supporting Indigenous cultures and fashion, it’s important to understand the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. So, where is the line?   Slowly but surely, we have been seeing more Indigenous representation in the media—from TV shows like Reservation Dogs, Trickster and Rutherford Hills to seeing more Indigenous icons like… Continue Reading
Reconciliation through the gray seal hunt (11/1/2021) - An article about the new project called ReconSeal, a must read. Visit ReconSeal Facebook page. “A cultural exchange project on gray seal hunting between the Magdalen Islands and the Inuit community of Ottawa is coming together. Its promoters are the artists, hunters and friends Yoanis Menge and Ruben Komangapik”. Source: Hélène Fauteux. LA RÉCONCILIATION PAR… Continue Reading
Textured handbags on the trend (10/27/2021) - When it comes to creating your look for the day, the purse you carry is just as much about fashion as it is function. But the reality is, most people generally rely on one or two purses that can go with just about any look. Luckily, this year's trends promote simple, roomy bags that are… Continue Reading
Indigenous Art Across Canada (10/13/2021) - Art mirrors society. That becomes obvious when one walks through a gallery and sees large canvas paintings and marble sculptures representing the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the Dark Ages, Modernerism and more. And while it isn’t as well displayed, the same can, of course, be said about Indigenous art. It varies wildly… Continue Reading
Meet this Winter’s Trend: Seal Skin Cuffs (9/28/2021) - Gen Z’s have their scrunchies. For the rest us, try seal skin cuffs out for size. We get it—a real fur coat isn’t in everyone’s budget. But as a way to add some flare and texture to your look, try a seal skin cuff out for size. While seal skin still hasn’t become mainstream throughout… Continue Reading
Choosing Between Faux Fur and Real Fur (9/15/2021) - By Dana Bowen It’s an age-old question—or at least, a 50-year-old debate. What’s better for the planet—real or faux fur? The answer you’ll get may vary greatly depending on who you’re asking and what part of Canada they're from. For example, many southerners are rejoicing over Canada Goose’s decision to eradicate the use of all… Continue Reading
How Europe’s ban on seal products turned frontier communities into pariahs (9/9/2021) - Danita Catherine Burke, University of Southern Denmark In the 1970s, a sustained campaign convinced much of the world that protesters were saving cuddly seals from murderous killers near the Arctic Circle. Before long, people around the world became accustomed to seeing images of hunters with clubs, looming over a fluffy white-harp seal pups.Europe was the primary market for seal products… Continue Reading
Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit and Métis – learning more about Canada’s First Peoples (8/23/2021) - It is important to take time to learn more about Indigenous history and culture. The Indigenous peoples have lived on this land for thousands of years, long before Europeans ever explored these shores. This blog simply opens the door for you to learn more about the original peoples of Turtle Island and encourages you to… Continue Reading
Seal skin, Beading and Inuit Patterns (8/18/2021) - Beads and seal skin When early European explorers arrived in Canada’s North, they introduced the Inuit seamstresses to brightly coloured glass beads that were known as sapangaq or ‘precious stone’. These beads became a highly desired trade item between the Europeans and the Inuit. The Inuit women used these beads to adorn themselves especially their seal skin… Continue Reading
Shopping for Seal Pelts? (8/7/2021) - Buying seal pelts in Canada is probably easier than anywhere else in the world, but if it's your first time, there are a couple of things you should know. So let's take the mystery out of it.   First, let's look at what's available. Four species of seal are harvested in Canada: harp, grey, hooded… Continue Reading
The Qulliq – a Life Source (6/25/2021) - The Qulliq - the traditional Inuit seal oil lamp I first experienced the lighting of the Qulliq when I was traveling with Inuit designers throughout Europe. We were in Mandallen, Norway, where the Inuit designers and European designers were collaboratively working on the creation of seal skin products. Before the first morning session began, well… Continue Reading
Made in and Proudly Indigenous Crafts & Designs celebrate Indigenous Canadian designers by showcasing their fashion creations in seal fur and leather (6/23/2021) - Montreal, June 8, 2021 - Maison Made in is pleased to partner for the very first time with Canadian Seal Products to promote and celebrate authentic seal products created by Indigenous peoples for generations. The influencer campaign for this collaboration has just kicked off, with the recognition that June is National Indigenous History Month in… Continue Reading
Indigenous Fashion: Two Canadian Designers Tell Us About Their Creations (6/22/2021) - They are both initially from the Great Canadian North, and proud of their roots, the clothing and fashion accessories they create are inspired by Innu traditions while being undeniably modern. Learn more about May Ningeongan, based in Nunavut, and Erica Lugt, living in Northwest Territories, about their inspirations, their artistic approaches and their unique creative… Continue Reading
Seal Skin Fashion – Inuit Designers creating Fashion Forward Designs for Men (6/11/2021) - Seal skin clothing for men is fast becoming a fashion statement. Men may choose to wear seal skin to fight the weather elements but today, Indigenous designers are also creating men’s clothing lines that add style and uniqueness to men’s wardrobes including dress shoes, vests, blazers, jackets and more! Inuit designer, Nicole Camphaug is known… Continue Reading
Can we buy seal fur products in Europe? (5/29/2021) - The answer is YES! You can find below more information regarding the export of Canadian Indigenous Seal Fur products to the European Union (EU). Europe Export Requirements When a seal product is being introduced on the EU market under the Inuit and other Indigenous communities exception, it must be accompanied by an original attesting document… Continue Reading
Indigenous Art: 10 Inspiring Canadian Women Artists (5/26/2021) - Their history, but also their families and communities’ history, permeate their artistic process and pave the way for their art. A creative, singular and often committed art, in which tradition and modernity join hands to combine the past, the present and the future. Portraits of 10 local native creators, whose art deserves to be in… Continue Reading
Sealskin Clothing: An All-female Inuit Tradition (5/11/2021) - The transformation of seal fur into clothing and accessories is an essential activity for the economic survival of the Indigenous people living in the circumpolar region in Canada (but also in Greenland, Russia and Alaska, in the United States). But beyond fashion, it is also a practice that perpetuates the spiritual and cultural traditions dear… Continue Reading
Tattoos & Seals – an Inuit Woman’s tradition (4/21/2021) - Inuit Tattoos - Revitalization of an Inuit Woman’s tradition The first time I saw an Inuit tattoo was when I travelled to Europe on a mission with Inuit crafters to promote seal skin products.   The women proudly wear these traditional tattoos and I was intrigued to learn more about their significance and history. I was… Continue Reading
The “Amauti”: much more than just a seal parka (4/9/2021) - The Inuit Amauti - The Sealskin Parka - Then and Now The Amauti is so much more than just a parka. Made from seal skin or caribou, the parka was made to protect the Inuit from the northern elements.  They were worn traditionally by women to carry their babies but fathers or male caregivers could… Continue Reading
Traditional Inuit Preparation of Seal Skins (3/26/2021) - Throughout history, the seal has been vital to the Inuit way of life providing food, shelter and clothing.  Men, women and children all have a role in preparing the seal after the hunt for its many uses. After The Seal is Harvested… After seals are harvested and are skinned by the hunter, Inuit women move… Continue Reading
What are Kamiks and how are they made? (3/8/2021) - Kamiks - the traditional Seal Skin and Caribou boots of the Inuit I will always remember the first time I saw “kamiks”. They were made by Mona Netser, a traditional sealskin seamstress and designer from Coral Harbour, Nunavut. We were in Estonia where she was giving a workshop to Estonian artists on traditional Inuit seal… Continue Reading
When did seal fur become popular? (2/22/2021) - A 4000 years old tradition Traditional Inuit clothing was designed out of necessity — to survive the harsh climate that was a stark reality for the Inuit people. The women, knowing it was essential to keep their community warm and protected from the elements made coats, trousers, mittens and boots. These articles were made mostly… Continue Reading
What is the Ulu used for? (2/15/2021) - What is an Ulu? When I travelled to Europe with Inuit crafters, I quickly learned the importance of a unique tool I had never seen before, the ulu, a beautifully shaped all purpose knife. A beautiful handle of bone, antler or wood (sometimes painted with beautiful designs), paired with a unique blade of metal (years… Continue Reading
Sealing, a Blue Activity? (1/15/2021) - Sealing, a Blue Activity?   According to the World Bank, the "Blue Economy" is the "sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem." Seal products are the perfect example of a Blue Activity.  In addition to provide food for local human consumption, sealing allows Northern Indigenous communities to take part in… Continue Reading
People of the Seal (1/12/2021) - Canadian Inuit and other Indigenous communities have a deep sealing tradition. Seals have long provided a consistent source of densely nutritious meat. The pelts are used for clothing and shelter. Seal oil is consumed and used a source of fuel and light. The seal hunt was and is a cultural cornerstone for many residents of… Continue Reading
Inuujaq Leslie Fredlund’s Maybe Somewhere grows despite launching just before pandemic (8/13/2020) - When Rankin Inlet’s Inuujaq Leslie Fredlund decided she was going to open her store selling Indigenous-made products at the beginning of 2020, she knew there would be challenges ahead. But not even she could have expected a global pandemic that would bring the local economy to a grinding halt. “It was the summer of 2019… Continue Reading
Pikulu Designs (5/28/2020) - Julie Alivaktuk (Pikulu Designs) is a contemporary seamstress, working primarily in hand-made seal skin products. From Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Julie’s work weaves the beauty of her natural surroundings with modern design to create thoughtful and unique pieces. Working alongside her mother from a young age, Julie’s practice remains intricately rooted in family tradition and culture. A… Continue Reading
Concordia artist-in-residence builds a sealskin spacesuit (4/24/2019) - When Jesse Tungilik was a child, his mother made him traditional caribou hunting clothes. While wearing the bulky, heavy handmade outfit, he often imagined that he was in a spacesuit. “That memory stuck with me when I heard about this opportunity here at Concordia, with its future-themed focus, and the two ideas met in the… Continue Reading