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Justine Woods

Justine Woods (she/her) is a garment artist, designer, creative scholar and educator based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario). She is a current Doctoral Student in the Media and Design Innovation PhD program at X University (formally Ryerson) and holds a Master of Design from OCAD University and a Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design from X University. 

Justine’s research/design practice centres Indigenous fashion technologies and garment-making as a practice-based method of inquiry towards re-stitching alternative worlds that prioritize Indigenous resurgence and liberation. Her work foregrounds all of the relationships that make up her identity as a Penetanguishene 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 known as the Georgian Bay Métis Community.

Justine is a sessional instructor in the Fashion Department at X University and in the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University.

*The name of the University that Justine is affiliated with is currently in the process of being changed by the Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force.

Read: An Open Letter to Community from X University Indigenous Students