Back to All Events

Community Dialogue. Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE) & Indigenous Legal Orders: Protecting Visual Sovereignty, Design, Story & Language in Decolonizing Cultures

For three years, the Otahpiaaki program of research at Mount Royal University has proposed a seed-to-runway model for Indigenous designers and creatives, whereby they might exercise sovereignty over ideation, creative practice, materials, material knowledge, and products of traditional and contemporary creative and produced work according to Nation specific traditions and prerogatives.

A framework anchored to Indigenous Orders has emerged from our work, guided by ancestral knowing, living experience, and Indigenous scholarship... all designed to ensure Indigenous futurity.

This community dialogue will:

Introduce the concept of Indigenous Legal Orders and activities occurring in decolonizing law and legal education in Canada and beyond

Describe the needs and the experiences of Indigenous Creatives Jared Yazzie and Justin Louis as designers protecting traditional cultural expression through their collections;

Present the Otahpiaaki Law Keepers lessons, model, and the Blackfoot teachings beneath them.

We will then facilitate a community dialogue and gather thoughts on the presentation and model before we take it forward to further action.

Jared Yazzie (OXDX)

Justin Louis (Section 35)

Rachel Snow (J.D.)

Carol Buffalo (B.A., L.L.B)

Taryn Hamilton (B.A. Justice Studies (MRU), Facilitator)

RSVP Required. Click here to Register!