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Panel Series

Fashion Journalism



The dissemination of Indigenous-made fashion through media will be an integral part of the emerging movement’s success, but increased visibility has its challenges. Historically, representation and collaboration within the mainstream fashion industry has been accompanied by exploitation, appropriation and theft. Indigenous fashion journalists must confront prior misrepresentations, stereotypical tropes and narratives, while balancing the realities of the newsroom with protecting Indigenous designers, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression. This panel will explore how a critical and nuanced Indigenous journalism can translate the decolonizing potentials of Indigenous fashion for mainstream audiences.


Christian Allaire

Christian Allaire is an Indigenous (Ojibwe) writer from Nipissing First Nation. He is currently based in New York City, where…
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Duncan McCue

Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue is the Rogers Journalist-in-Residence at the Ryerson School of Journalism. He is currently a Southam Fellow…
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Kelly Boutsalis

A writer and journalist based in Toronto, previously from the Six Nations reserve. Kelly’s work has appeared in Elle Canada,…
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