Education

2021 - 2025 | Doctor of Philosophy, Media and Design Innovation PhD , Toronto Metropolitan University (formally Ryerson University)

2019 - 2021 | Master of Design, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design, OCAD University

2014 - 2018 | Bachelor of Design, Fashion Design, Toronto Metropolitan University

Professional Work and Teaching Experience

Current Positions

2022 | Coordinator, Saagajiwe, The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University

2022 | Instructor, Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD University

2022 | Instructor, Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University

2020 | Indigenous Fashion Support Program Mentor, Fashion Zone, Toronto Metropolitan University

2019 | Lead Facilitator of the Beading Circle, Fashion at the Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University

Previous Positions

2021-22 | Graduate Assistant, Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University

2021 | Moccasin Making Instructor, ABCentre Summer Program (virtual), Aboriginal Community Campus and Neeginan College of Applied Technology

2021 | Independent Study Project Advisor, CVSW 932 Aboriginal Knowledges in Practice, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Toronto Metropolitan University

2019-20 | Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School Instructor, Bata Shoe Museum

Research Assistantships

2021 (on-going) | Research Assistant under Professor Frauke Zeller, Global Journalism Innovation Project, Toronto Metropolitan University

2020-21 | Research Assistant under IAMD Graduate Program Director Peter Morin, OCAD University

2020 | Research Assistant for Contingencies of Care virtual residency co-hosted by OCAD University, University of British Columbia Okanagan, BUSHGallery and Toronto Biennial of Art

Teaching Assistantships

2021 | Teaching Assistant, VISC 1002 Tutorial Leader (Winter), Faculty of Art and Science and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University
2020 | Teaching Assistant, INVC 2003 Marker/Grader (Fall), Indigenous Visual Culture, Faculty of Art and Science and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University
2019-20 | Teaching Assistant, VISC 1001 (Fall) & VISC 1002 (Winter) Tutorial Leader, Faculty of Art and Science and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University

Exhibitions

2022 | Homecoming, Group Exhibition curated by Erin Szikora, Art Gallery of Guelph (forthcoming September 2022)

2022 | I love you as much as all the beads in the universe: a garment-based inquiry into re-stitching alternative worlds of love, solo exhibition at Quest Art Gallery, April 24 - July 3, 2022, in-person

2022 | Across time, across the table, across the bay, Between Pheasants Contemporary (solo exhibition), April 2022

2022 | Shared Terrain, Group Exhibition presented by DesignTO, February-March 2022

2021 | The Crow and the Salmon Live Everywhere, Group Exhibition presented as part of Traversal Residency Series co-presented in partnership with the Public Visualization Lab and Trinity Square Video; funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

2021 | I love you as much as all the beads in the universe: a garment-based inquiry into re-stitching alternative worlds of love, Master of Design Thesis Exhibition (online) hosted by Quest Art Gallery

Residencies

2020 | Artist in Residence: Contingencies of Care, Virtual Residency co-hosted by OCAD University, University of British Columbia Okanagan, BUSHGallery and Toronto Biennial of Art

Workshops

2022 | Indigenous Beading Workshop Series, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke, ON
2021 | Moccasin Making Workshop Series, TYRMC Summer Workshop Series (virtual), Toronto Regional York Métis Council
2021 | Artist Visit and Pattern Making Workshop, Nigig Residency, Indigenous Visual Culture Program, OCAD University
2021 | Beading Workshop (virtual), Awaken Festival, Gwaandak Theatre, Whitehorse, YT
2021 | Beading Workshop (virtual), A Decolonizing Activation Conference, York University
2021 | Beading Workshop (virtual) with MA students, Fashion at the Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University
2020-21 | Moccasin Making Workshop Series (virtual), Indigenous Student Association, York University
2020 | Beading Workshop, Rural Ontario Medical Program

Facilitations, Presentations, Panel Discussions

2022 | Art as a Business, Panelist, Exploring Métis Culture through Creation, Métis Youth Conference, Toronto, ON

2022 | Sartorial Sovereignty: Indigenous Governance Models for Fashion, Panelist, Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival

2022 | Artist Lecture and VisitArt Lecture Series, Student Art Alliance, SUNY New Paltz

2021 | Paving the Path in the Indigenous Creative Industries, Panelist, Fashion Zone, Toronto Metropolitan University

2021 | Beading and its Relationship to Community, Grief, and Love, Conference Presentation, Dying with Dignity Canada

2020 | Indigenous Beadwork: Histories and Contemporary Practices, Guest Lecture, School of Performance, Toronto Metropolitan University

2020 | Beading Table Discussions: Resurgent Practices, Panel Moderator, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto in partnership with Fashioning Resurgence

2020 | IFS Roundtable: Thinking through decolonial design methods, brand identity and purpose as Indigenous fashion designers, Mentor Presentation, Fashion Zone, Toronto Metropolitan University

2020 | Cultural Appropriation in the Arts, Panelist, SUNY New Paltz Graduate Studies, State University of New York

2020 | Sovereign Territorialities: Unperforming the Colonial in Institutions, the Land and Settler Imagery, Conference Presentation, UAAC 2020, Simon Fraser University

2020 | Beading Circles in Colonial Institutions, Panelist, Toronto Metropolitan University Powwow Education Week, Toronto Metropolitan University

2020 | BIPOC Entrepreneurship in Fashion, Panelist, Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University

2019 | One Bead at a Time: A Journey of Reclaiming Space, Conference Presentation, Toronto Metropolitan University Learning and Teaching Conference, Toronto Metropolitan University

2019 | Fashioning Reconciliation, Panelist, Toronto Metropolitan University

Accomplishments, Grants and Scholarships

2022 | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 48 months
2022 | CREation Youth Empowerment Stream Funding Grant for the Beading Circle
2021 | Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2021 | Toronto Metropolitan University Graduate Fellowship, Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University
2021 | IAMD Award: Community Engagement, Graduate Studies, OCAD University
2021 | Student Initiatives Grant for the Beading Circle, Toronto Metropolitan University
2020 | Student Initiatives Grant for the Beading Circle, Toronto Metropolitan University
2020 | Graduate Research Travel Grant, Graduate Studies, OCAD University
2019 | Student Initiatives Grant for The Beading Circle, Toronto Metropolitan University
2019 | The Delaney Family Foundation Scholarship, OCAD University
2019 | Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, Simons Fashion Design Student Award Nominee
2019 | Indspire Building Brighter Futures Award
2018 | Graduate Fashion Week Runway Presentation, London UK
2018 | Mass Exodus Curated Runway Presentation, Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University
2017 | Allan J. Chindemi Award, Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University
2017 | Jack C. Lebowitz Award for Excellence in Menswear, Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University
2017 | Top 8 Finalist, Danier Leather Competition, Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University
2014 | Toronto Metropolitan University Academic Entrance Scholarship