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Fashioning Resurgence Symposium

Sustainability: A Double-Edged Sword

Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre, 6th Floor


This panel addresses a critical dichotomy facing Indigenous people working in fashion, craft and textiles and those who purchase their works. The sustainable fashion movement offers immense promise for Indigenous designers, as it aligns with traditional values of environmental reciprocity. Yet, it also poses challenges, as sustainability measures can sometimes lead to increased costs, limiting access to materials, resources and markets that are integral to Indigenous fashion. Increased costs create barriers for Indigenous designers in reaching their own communities, with consequences impacting local economic sovereignty. This panel provides a platform to navigate this complex terrain, discussing how to maintain ecological stewardship while ensuring equitable access to sustainable materials and consumer access to Indigenous-made works. The panellist will explore pathways for creating equitable access to industry platforms and consumer goods within the context of sustainability.


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