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Fashioning Reconciliation

Fashioning Reconciliation is a journey to share truths about the role of clothing in colonization and mobilize Indigenous resurgence with fashion design.

  • Ryerson Aboriginal Education Council
  • The Creative School Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Ryerson Aboriginal Education Council
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Riley Kucheran (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg)
  • Angela DeMontigny (Cree/Metis)


Fashioning Reconciliation 3 will bring together a circle of emerging Indigenous designers to discuss the future of Indigenous fashion: Justine Woods (Métis menswear designer), Warren Steven Scott (Nlaka’pamux Nation fashion designer), Angela DeMontigny (Cree-Métis fashion designer and Designer-in-Residence in the School of Fashion). The panel will be moderated by Christian Allaire, Ojibway writer and editor in New York City, and Riley Kucheran.

Fashioning Reconciliation is an upcoming edited collection inspired by the annual lecture series and recently relaunched Indigenous Fashion Weeks across Canada. The goal is that this book will share the rich lived experiences and oral histories of Indigenous fashion through first-personal narratives, interviews, research essays, photo essays, poetry, and hybrid formats. To submit a proposal, please visit our call for contributors, external link that outlines the instructions.

Fashioning Reconciliation 2 features Jessica Lea Fleming and Jasmine Glaw of the Sweetgrass Sisters Collective, Jodi Lynn Maracle, a Kanien’keha:ka mother, artist, craftswoman and scholar-activist, and J’net Ayaywayaksheelth, a nuu-chah-nulth textile artist and Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Angela DeMontigny and Riley Kucheran relaunch a Canadian Council of Indigenous Designers to advocate for the Indigenous Design Industry.

The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, external link was held from May 31st to June 3rd.

Fashioning Reconciliation travels to the traditional territories of the people of Treaty 7 for Otahpiakki, external link Indigenous Fashion, Beauty, and Design Week. 2017

The inaugural ‘Fashioning Reconciliation’ lecture and panel event is held, a conversation about Truth & Reconciliation, Cultural Appropriation, and Indigenizing the Fashion Industry. Featured speakers are Cree/Métis fashion designer Angela DeMontigny and Sage Paul, founder of Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator.

Angela DeMontigny and Sage Paul are invited by the High Commission of Canada to travel to South Africa and showcase Indigenous design, and to London’s Canada House to conduct a workshop on traditional Indigenous beadwork techniques.

Angela DeMontigny launches the Ontario Fashion Exchange, external link to connect and strengthen the fashion design industry across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

Sage Paul launches Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, external link.