A core principle of Otahpiaaki is the promotion and celebration of Indigenous Beauty. Otahpiaaki 2018 includes both our community-facing runways, workshops, performances, screenings and language projects and deeper academic research on decolonizing the runway, design in nature, and economic reconciliation based on creative practices and traditional teachings.

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The Runway

Otahpiaaki: Indigenous Beauty, Fashion, and Design Week, one of six Otahpiaaki projects, features some of our region’s most inspiring Indigenous artists, designers, and creatives. We believe that the work of reconciliation is for neighbours and that important conversations and teachings can be shared through creative and artistic practices.


Otahpiaaki X The Junction

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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 Lawkeepers

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. 


Trade Tools & Global Trade Missions

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.