If there’s something we should be hearing more about in Canada, it’s Indigenous designers. Whether it’s the way Section 35 uses visual storytelling to authentically celebrate Indigenous art and culture, or the apparel activism of Dusty LeGrande’s Mobilize streetwear brand, Indigenous talent in the country is bursting at the seams.
This weekend’s Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival in Toronto—featuring designers from Canada and around the world—offers up a taste, but there are still many more homegrown brands to discover.
Even outside of fashion, we’ve shared stories about the International Indigenous Music Summit and how dancers like Tallcree First Nation’s James Jones (or Notorious Cree on TikTok) are elevating Indigenous representation in the media. And that’s just scratching the surface.
So here are some of the Indigenous fashion talents the country has to offer, stretching from the southernmost community of Nunavut to Winnipeg. They’re all Indigenous, all based in Canada, and all well worth your time.