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SOWING MACHINES
Assembly of Seven Generations

9:45 - 10:30

Fashion as a creative practice is a driving force behind identity, cultural and self-expression. Diversity in fashion can be a cultural driver that increases focus on ethical, sustainable, and accessible fashion while embracing its originality.  Ottawa also happens to be a hot bed for up-and-coming designers and fashion entrepreneurs. 

 

 

Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) is an Indigenous youth-led grassroots organization that focuses on cultural support and opportunities for Indigenous youth. They have a store front called “Adaawewigamig” (The place of selling or trading) located in the ByWard Market. This social enterprise supports Indigenous artists, businesses, and youth.  
 
This panel discussion an opportunity to learn from Indigenous creators about their approach to sustainable slow-fashion; "haute-couture" vs mass production; ecological implications around resource-extraction - and the exciting new wave of young Indigenous leadership in this sector.  
 
+ Don't miss their booth in the Creative Continuum "Expohall" to support these artists directly. 

Speakers

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Gabrielle Fayant-Lewis

Gabrielle Fayant is an off-Settlement Metis woman from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement, AB. Gabrielle is an award-winning woman for her work in her community, her dedication to supporting young people, and amplifying grassroots efforts. Gabrielle is passionate about cultural resurgence, revitalization and restitution for all Indigenous peoples. She has been working in community for 10+ years to help improve the lives of Indigenous peoples and has a diploma in Indigenous Healing and Wellness Counselling. Gabrielle is a helper and co-founder of a non-profit Indigenous youth organization called Assembly of Seven Generation (A7G) and a co-manager for a social enterprise retail store called Adaawewigamig.

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Trisha
Mini Tipi

MINI TIPI is a Canadian lifestyle brand that operates and manufactures its products locally in Gatineau. With the purpose of addressing the lack of authentic Indigenous-designed textiles, MINI TIPI is a brand label that collaborates with Indigenous artists to create exclusive designs ensuring proper representation in the industry. While celebrating Indigenous arts and cultures, MINI TIPI offers individuals the opportunity to purchase products while appreciating cultural diversity with confidence. Through their artist royalty program and giveback initiatives, MINI TIPI became a leader in Indigenous designed textiles, artistic collaborations and community involvement.

 

Trisha is the visionary behind the brand's captivating designs. With a profound passion for textiles and an unparalleled eye for design, she orchestrates the artistic vision that defines MINI TIPI’s products.

 

In her role as Creative Director, she infuses every aspect of the business with her unique creative flair. She also leads the artist collaborations, forging meaningful partnerships that enrich the collections with cultural depth, representation and authenticity. She is the driving force behind the product development, ensuring that each development not only embodies beauty but also tells a story.

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Mya
aka Kokom Scrunchies

Kokom Scrunchies was founded by Mya, when she was 9 years old. A talented Indigenous youth from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. In the Algonquin language, Kokom means grandmother.  Since launched in the fall of 2019, Kokom Scrunchies has operated as a family run business. Together we ensure that all Kokom Scrunchies are handmade in Canada.

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Anabelle Latreille

Anabelle Latreille, Is a Inuk entrepreneur originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She is the Owner of Queen of Ottawa where She specializes in Beaded Strip Lashes. Anabelle is currently in her last year of high school and strives towards being an advocate for Indigenous voices.

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Assembly of Seven Generations

"We are young people that came together from the winter of Idle No More. We are Indigenous youth from various nations and our roots come from various territories. We saw the importance of a national Indigenous youth voice and platform. We believe that the assembly and unity of youth from across Turtle Island will not only contribute to our own success and healing of today but also that of our next seven generations.  
 
We have been actively working as A7G since 2014. We incorporated as a national non-profit organization in 2015. Our work continues to expand as our networks and capacity grow with the needs and aspiration of Indigenous youth."

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