|Tuesday, April 2, 2019|
|Wednesday, April 3, 2019|
|Thursday, April 4, 2019|
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Early Career Professional Pub Night – Irish Times Pub
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
President’s Reception at Government House - Lieutenant Governor’s Residence
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Yardi Awards Plated Luncheon
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies at the Royal BC Museum's First Peoples Gallery
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Native Housing Society, Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery, and Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week are excited to announce Ancestral Threads on Thursday April 4th, 2019 during the closing Ceremonies of The CHRA National Congress On Housing And Homelessness.
In partnership with Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery and the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, this event will be held in the Royal BC Museum’s First Peoples Gallery and will showcase collections from some of Turtle Island’s top Indigenous fashion designers including; Danielle Morsette, Erin Brillion, Yolonda Skelton and Skwachàys Lodge emerging artist in residence, Ellena Neel and worn by the Models/Performers of First Nations/Métis/Inuit descent who participate in the Skwachàys Lodge Artists in Residence Program.
VIFW (Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week) will cultivate a deeper understanding between
Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, by providing a framework for enhancing cultural appreciation, Indigenizing business, embracing diversity, providing mentorship and fostering a deeper sense of understanding between all Canadian peoples in the spirit of reconciliation and the Transformative power of art. Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week is the brainchild of Executive Producer and Cree Model Joleen Mitton. Ms. Mitton spent 19 years travelling the world as a professional model. Although she loved the art of the fashion world, she didn’t always agree with the industry’s appropriation and un-acknowledgement of Indigenous symbolism and culture. Olivia Davies (Co-Producer) is the Artistic Director and choreographer of O.Dela Arts, working as a guest on Coast Salish territory since 2011. Her artistic works often explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. She honours her mixed Anishinaabe roots in her practice. Ms. Davies is the Program Manager of the Artists in Residence Program at Skwachàys Lodge.
The Artists in Residence opportunity at Skwachàys Lodge is a unique and life-changing housing program for practicing Indigenous artists. This includes subsidized housing in clean, unfurnished bachelor suites, 24/7 access to shared artist workshop, and access to programming opportunities for personal and professional development that help artists develop their craft and move into the next phase of their careers. The program boasts a roster of artists across disciplines, many of whom have exhibited and performed work on the international stage.
For more information, please contact:
Producer, Joleen Mitton – 778-223-5989 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Producer, Olivia Davies – 604-685-1076 / email@example.com