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In Conversation


Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Metis) visual artist and community activist with a deep respect for Mother Earth and the traditions and knowledge of her people. Belcourt is widely known for her collaboration with Valentino for their 2016 spring resort collection. The collection featured vibrant floral embroidery and prints based on Belcourt’s “Water Song” painting on permanent exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Belcourt then went on to collaborate on a handbag collection with Ela Handbags and Holt Renfrew in 2017. These have paved the way for collaborations between other major fashion institutions and Indigenous creators. Join Belcourt and Riley Kucheran (Professor, Ryerson) and Sage Paul (Artistic Director, IFWTO) as they discuss Christi’s work, visual expression through fashion and the achievements and failures of mainstream and Indigenous collaborations in fashion.


Christi Belcourt

Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge…
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Riley Kucheran

Riley Kucheran is an Indigenous fashion researcher who supports a global community of Indigenous makers who are leading design resurgence.…
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Sage Paul

Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné woman based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. Her ethos…
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