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Mask making with Sam Howden

March 25, 2021
1:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT
Online via Zoom
Open To
First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Canadian Indigenous students, faculty or staff (or those who identify by nation or community) at Ryerson or from other post-secondary institutions across Turtle Island
Samantha Mandamin

In this 1-hour workshop, Sam will demonstrate how you can make your own reusable cloth masks in two methods. The first method will be a no-sew method using glue, fabric, and string. The second method will teach participants how to measure fabric, make your own pattern, cut fabric, sew by hand or a machine, and all to produce your own reusable cloth mask. 

Participants who want to make their own mask along are asked to gather supplies for one of two mask variants. If you want to make your own no-sew or sew version, you’ll just need to supply a square of fabric like a handkerchief or an old t-shirt, thread, needle, measuring tape, scissors, glue and/or sewing machine. At the end of the hour period Sam will be answering questions about mask creation and reproduction.

About Sam Howden

Sam Howden (they/them), is a fourth year Métis undergraduate Social Work student and is currently completing their placement at Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services focusing on Indigenous wellness. They are also an Indigenous Field Assistant at the Ryerson Urban Farm. 

Sam is an active member of their community. They co-chaired the student committee at the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. Sam has a particular interest in anti-colonialism, anti-racism, critical disability, queer theory, harm reduction, and how these topics intersect withpeople’s lived experiences.

Sam will be pursuing their Master’s Degree in Social Work at Ryerson University in September 2021. They are a Reiki Master, tarot card reader and spiritual energy practitioner. They also sew and create art.

Sam Howden

Live captioning will be provided

Ryerson is committed to the accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities. If you require any additional accessibility accommodations to ensure your full participation, please let us know on the registration form or email

About Indigenous Student Wellness Week

Indigenous Student Wellness Week will bring together Indigenous community members to exchange meaningful routes to wellness through a series of twelve workshops and talks. In keeping with the 2021 theme “Planting Seeds,” topics include plant-based medicine; Two-Spirit safe sex; stories of creation; mask making; moss bags; music and movement; food sovereignty and traditional Indigenous foodways; reiki; yoga; and meditation. Workshops, talks and demonstrations will be hosted by knowledge keepers, elders and community members to help support the goals of wellness for Indigenous students, faculty and staff in post-secondary education.

We invite Indigenous community members to join in the spirit of learning, sharing, growth and healing in our aim to move towards collective wellbeing.

This event is organized by the Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS)

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Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.

Our role is to provide specialized services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples on campus and to develop a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal community. Learn more about Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services.