Fashioning Reconciliation – FDSC
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Fashioning Reconciliation

Fashioning Reconciliation is a journey to share truths about the role of clothing in colonization and mobilize Indigenous resurgence with fashion design.

Sky Woman painting by Chief Lady Bird and Aura with Mural Routes (Narrative Drive/Ryerson University)


Fashioning Reconciliation 3 will bring together a circle of emerging Indigenous designers to discuss the future of Indigenous fashion: Justine Woods (Métis menswear designer), Warren Steven Scott (Nlaka’pamux Nation fashion designer), Angela DeMontigny (Cree-Métis fashion designer and Designer-in-Residence in the School of Fashion). The panel will be moderated by Christian Allaire, Ojibway writer and editor in New York City, and Riley Kucheran.

Fashioning Reconciliation is an upcoming edited collection inspired by the annual lecture series and recently relaunched Indigenous Fashion Weeks across Canada. The goal is that this book will share the rich lived experiences and oral histories of Indigenous fashion a through first-personal narratives, interviews, research essays, photo essays, poetry, and hybrid formats. To submit a proposal, please see our call for contributors and submission instructions.



Fashioning Reconciliation 2 features Jessica Lea Fleming and Jasmine Glaw of the Sweetgrass Sisters Collective, Jodi Lynn Maracle, a Kanien’keha:ka mother, artist, craftswoman and scholar-activist, and J’net Ayaywayaksheelth, a nuu-chah-nulth textile artist and Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Angela DeMontigny and Riley Kucheran relaunch a Canadian Council of Indigenous Designers to advocate for the Indigenous Design Industry.

The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto was held from May 31st to June 3rd.

Fashioning Reconciliation travels to the traditional territories of the people of Treaty 7 for Otahpiakki Indigenous Fashion, Beauty, and Design Week.


The inaugural ‘Fashioning Reconciliation’ lecture and panel event is held, a conversation about Truth & Reconciliation, Cultural Appropriation, and Indigenizing the Fashion Industry. Featured speakers are Cree/Métis fashion designer Angela DeMontigny and Sage Paul, founder of Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator.

Angela DeMontigny and Sage Paul are invited by the High Commission of Canada to travel to South Africa and showcase Indigenous design, and to London’s Canada House to conduct a workshop on traditional Indigenous beadwork techniques.

Angela DeMontigny launches the Ontario Fashion Exchange to connect and strengthen the fashion design industry across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

Sage Paul launches Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.





 Ryerson Aboriginal Education Council
FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change
 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Research Team

Riley Kucheran (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg)
Riley’s doctoral research in the Communication and Culture program at Ryerson and York Universities is about the role of clothing as a weapon in colonization and how we might mobilize Indigenous resurgence with fashion design.

Angela DeMontigny (Cree/Metis)
Angela is an internationally-renowned fashion designer and Designer-in-Residence in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. For over two decades Angela has advocated for the Canadian Aboriginal design industry while running her eponymous label.


Riley Kucheran: