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Cultural Competency
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Cultural Competency

In this virtual presentation participants will learn about Indigenous cultures and the impacts of colonization on their traditions and cultural practices. Deanne uses her own family story and the work to reclaim culture alongside the evolution of powwow dance. Through these stories Deanne challenges Canadians to rethink their history and the critical importance of building relationships with the Indigenous community in alignment with the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.    

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  • Can a non-Indigenous person buy this course?
    I please ask that non-Indigenous people do not purchase my course for personal use or teaching purposes. If you are a non-Indigenous person, you can support my work and other Indigenous people by donating my courses to Indigenous people. Please contact me if you would like to donate a course. If you are looking for an Indigenous arts educator to speak to your class I can take bookings through this form. *My courses and their contents have been made to connect with Indigenous people and help my community heal from the specific taumas we have experienced from colonialism, I.R.S. and the 60's Scoop. Replaiming our culture by making and wearing Realia is a sacred part of our healing process that we reserve for those of us who have grown up in Indigenous communities. By reserving my courses for Indigenous peoples, I also hope to prevent the spread of cultural appropriation in western fashion and culture. Thank you for for respecting and understanding.
  • What if I don't have a sewing machine?
    It's okay, I didn't have a sewing machine when I began making Regalia either! I borrowed machines from my Aunties when I first began. I highly recommend reaching out to people in your family and community to borrow their sewing machine while you create your Regalia- it's an amazing opportunity to connect with family who could share shills and wisdom with you along your journey. You can also try looking at garage sales or online Buy&Sell platforms like Facebook Marketplace. Of course hand sewing is always an option, it will just add time to the project.
  • Do you have children’s sizes?
    Yes! My patterns come in jr. girls sizes ranging from size 7/8-15/16. Toddler sizes will be available in the fall 2021.
  • How long do I have access to the course?
    You have access to your course on my course platform for 1 year.
  • What is your size range for patterns?
    Pattern sizes range from XS-4X in adult women's sizes and 7/8-15/16 in children's sizes.
  • How can I learn more about powwow culture?
    Powwow culture was a safe, healing way for me to begin accessing my culture growing up. I'd highly recommend it as a starting point for you too! You can learn more about powwow culture: From me on my Youtube channel- How to Powwow Dance From Listening to podcasts like Twisted Histories, Unreserved, and Powwow Pitch
  • How will making Regalia help me heal from the trauma of colonization?
    Of course there are many ways we can heal from our traumatic experiences and histories. But for me, making and dancing in Regalia has helped me feel beautiful and strong again. Making Regalia for myself (and loved ones) feels like a spiritual act. I can stitch my ancestors' histories back together, closing the gap that was put between us through colonialism. So much has been taken from us, but when I am wearing my Regalia, I feel close to my culture again, like I have finally come home.
  • What if I need additional support to finish?
    When you sign up for a Regalia-making course, you'll get access to our private Facebook Group where you can ask questions, share your progress and cheer each other on. I'll monitor the page for any questions you may have.
  • What knowledge level do I need to make my own Regalia?
    You will need to be able to follow along with written and video instructions independantly. The hardest part for me was learning to thread a sewing machine properly. That is what cause the most problems in my first 10 years of sewing. Follow your machines instruction manual or check out Youtube for How to thread tutorials :D Also know your dress won't be perfect but that is ok :D We will learn by taking action <3
  • Are there any grants available to help me cover the costs of this course?
    Recently I had a student who was able to get funding through Jordan's Principle to purchase my course. It's always worth looking into funding opportunities when they arise. Also look into Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and National Indian Brotherhood. Possibly the Dreamcatcher Fund as well.
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