Justine Woods is a garment artist, designer, creative scholar and educator based in Tkaronto (Toronto, ON). She holds a Master of Design from OCAD University and a Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design from X University*. Currently, Justine is a Doctoral Candidate in the Media and Design Innovation PhD program X University*.
Justine’s research and design practice centres fashion and garment-making as a practice-based method of inquiry towards re-stitching alternative worlds that prioritize, celebrate and mobilize Indigenous resurgence. Her work prioritizes all of the relationships that make up her identity as an Aabitaawikwe; an identity she has inherited from her family and her Aabitaawizininiwag Ancestors.
Justine is a descendant of the St. Onge and Berger-Beaudoin families. Her Ancestors come from Drummond Island (in what is now known as Michigan) and were relocated in 1828 to Penetanguishene, Ontario where they built diasporic roots with their kin and community that continue to hold strong to this present day. Justine was born and raised in Tiny, Ontario and is a member of what is presently known as the Georgian Bay Métis Community.
*The name of the University that Justine is affiliated with is currently under review by the Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force. Changing the name will remove the university's founder from reference, and will remove any further acknowledgement of his legacy due to his violent colonial acts towards Indigenous people in Canada and his role in the Residential School System.