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June

Patti May-Derbyshire and Mount Royal University students meet Justin Louis at a REDx event in Calgary, Alberta.

 

 

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September

Justin Louis comes to MRU and speaks to students about entrepreneurship and the journey of Section 35. He meets Veronica Marlowe, cousin of Tishna Marlowe, fashion designer.

 

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October

Spirit River Striped Wolf names the project Otahpiaaki.

Tishna Marlowe, Justin Louis, and Pepper O'bomsawin (APTN hit series: Princesses) become the founding designers and creatives.

Jeannie Smith Davis joins Otahpiaaki as the project elder.

 
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2016 Fall Fashion Week

November

 

Otahpiaaki 2016 takes place at MRU, in collaboration with PARK, four MRU students, and faculty. The inaugural fashion show, considered a success by the community draws 110 audience members and sets stage for the Seed-to-Runway model.

Over four days, 70 students, staff, and faculty contributed to the MRU Otahpiaaki Red Dress. Designed by Tishna Marlowe, individual flowers honouring beloved Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and their families.

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2016-runway
 

 

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December

Twelve additional designers are invited to showcase at Otahpiaaki 2017 showcases.

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Otahpiaaki 2017:
Indigenous Fashion, Beauty, And Design Week

 

September

Otahpiaaki 2017: Indigenous Fashion, Beauty, and Design Week takes place between September 18th and September 23rd. 

Designers from 15 Nations are featured on 3 runways; Truth Night, Youth Night, Reconciliation Night.

Otahpiaaki makes headlines with awe-inspiring workshops, film-screenings, and performances throughout the week.

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March

 

Teams of students at Mount Royal University develop workshops and programs to promote Indigenous fashion, beauty, and design.  (see designers)

 
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May 2018

Otahpiaaki Junction launches in East Village.

 
 
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