Panels Series

In Conversation
November 27, 2020

In Conversation

With Christi Belcourt
Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Metis) visual artist and community activist with a deep respect for Mother Earth and the traditions and knowledge of her people. Belcourt is widely known for her collaboration with Valentino for their 2016 spring resort collection. The collection featured vibrant floral embroidery and prints based on Belcourt’s “Water Song” painting on permanent exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Belcourt then went on to collaborate on a handbag collection with Ela Handbags and Holt Renfrew in 2017. These have paved the way for collaborations between other major fashion institutions and Indigenous creators. Join Belcourt and Riley Kucheran (Professor, Ryerson) and Sage Paul (Artistic Director, IFWTO) as they discuss Christi’s work, visual expression through fashion and the achievements and failures of mainstream and Indigenous collaborations in fashion.


Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge of her people.
Riley Kucheran is an Assistant Professor of Design Leadership at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion and is also Associate Director of the Saagajiwe Centre for Indigenous Research and Creation
Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné woman based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. Her ethos centres family, sovereignty and resistance for balance.