In Blackfoot, Otahpiaaki describes the moment when the
sole and vamp of the moccasin are sewn together. We believe that the work of reconciliation is for neighbours and that important conversations and teachings can be shared through creative and artisitc practices.
Otahpiaaki: Indigenous Beauty, Fashion, and Design Week, features some of our region’s most inspiring Indigenous artists, designers, and creatives. Each year we present a few designers and performers from far-and-away Nations and communities. Our goal is to feature a diverse selection of creatives from the 760+ First Nations, Métis, Inuit and northern communities.
Otahpiaaki X The Junction
Otahpiaaki hits the bricks this summer for weekends full of fashion, fun, and retail at The Junction! We are very pleased to be collaborating with our partners and pals at PARK, Sewing Seeds Canada and Days For Girls all summer long. Been a while since you sat at sewing machine? Always wanted to learn how to bead? Want to learn about Indigenous protocol, or pick up a bit of Blackfoot or Cree language? Stop by our shipping container paradise in Calgary’s east village. So’kapi…it’s good!
Reconciliation on reserve
Sometimes success creates new obstacles! Scaling production, developing a new generation of sewers and beaders, and hiring employees is a big step. Led by Otahpiaaki Design Champions, this project partners with nations, reserves, and communities to build a skilled workforce and inspire further creative venture development. The program is co-facilitated by our partners at Sewing Seeds Canada and is modelled on their celebrated global capacity-building programs. Equipment, guidance, and materials for beginner, intermediate, and advanced projects are provided.
Otahpiaaki Law Keepers are focused on protecting the rights of Indigenous designers, artists, and creative entrepreneurs. Law Keepers believe in promoting and protecting the identity, land-based stories, industrial designs, and intellectual property (IP) rights of creatives. Our goal is to create a new integrated system -- policy and law that incorporates Indigenous sovereignty and governance, Elder consultation, and attributional justice principles alongside existing legal processes.
Global Trade Missions & Tools
Indigenous designers and artists have opportunities to craft and execute global go-to-market strategies, selling their work in markets around the world. Available in a three-year cycle, senior Mount Royal University students engaged in MRUXParis exchange with our partner university ESSCA.