Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

NNADAP & NNYSAP Program Success Story – Saulteux Healing & Wellness Centre Inc. – SHWC Fashion Show (Nov. 25, 2010)

Project details

Program/Event Name:  SHWC Fashion Show

Contact Person: Margaret Genaille

Program/Project Partners (If applicable): Sarah Genaille, Elder

Names of Key staff/People involved: Margaret Genaille, Treatment DirectorSarah Genaille, Elder with Sewing HobbyNatalie Strongquill, Mother & Designer

Target Population (for example:  women, men, youth, adult, parents, family, children, providers, leadership, managers, government):

Elder Sarah Genaille started with a weekly sewing class, for two months of voluntary teaching.  Then in conjunction with NAAA Week, she wanted to showcase the items made.  Her, Natalie Straongquill & Margaret Genaille planned to hold a Fashion Show.  They would invite any local sewers/designers to showcase their talents to the local Members of Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations.  As clothing was modelled, the designers had the opportunity to explain or talk about the designs and to thank their models, ending with the designers and models walking together.A write-up was placed in the local newspaper, Kamsack Times the following week, complete with pictures.  This was an opportunity to show the children, youth and families there are many things to do with your life, if you have talent, don’t be shy, use it.

Items “modelled”: Traditional Skirts & a Dress made by looking at a picture, Denim Dresses, Pow-Wow outfits made by local Women/Youth & other fashions and evening gowns.  It was different & for sure innovative.

This Fashion Show encouraged the local Keeseekoose Chiefs Eduction Centre to hold one off their own the following year.  Way to go SHWC!

Target Population: local individuals and families to watch, local designers/sewers, especially the youth who were the “models” & designers.

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