Calling all

Métis Fashion Designers

& Textile Artists

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Applications are closed

Applications at this time have been closed, but stay tuned to see our contestants creations!

/ Project Description

The Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3 and Parks Canada (Banff National Park) are working together to create a new cultural tourism product reflecting Métis culture. The project focuses on a traveling Métis Fashion Show that will showcase the selected outwear designs while sharing Métis stories and culture. HBC blankets will be commissioned for the design; a nod to the company’s historic connection to the capote and Métis culture.

Background – About the Capote

A capote is a handmade wrap-style coat often made from a Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) point blanket which dates back to the mid-17th century. Capotes were worn by First Nations, Métis, French settlers, British settlers, traders, and trappers. By the late 1700s, tailors were employed at all of the HBC’s major posts.

 

The Métis-style capote was hooded, embellished with fringing at the shoulders and neck, and closed with a bright l’Assomption sash. Capotes were made in a variety of colours; blue was preferred by Catholic Métis and white by Protestant Métis, whereas the traditional grey was purchased by both.

Designer: Carol Mason, Photographer: Valeca Studios

We are in search of fifteen interested Métis fashion designers or textile artists with design experience to create an original piece of outwear representing Métis culture using an HBC blanket. Of the fifteen (15) designs, five (5) will be selected by a panel of jurors based on a set of predetermined criteria (see Adjudication – Round Two for more details). The Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3 will purchase the patterns of the five selected designs at a cost of $1,000.00 per design for use to create an inventory for the travelling fashion show. In addition, Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3 will have the first right of refusal to purchase the original finished product from the artist. 

 

The five (5) selected designs will be featured in a new traveling Métis Fashion Show, and will be showcased at community events across Western Canada and the Prairies as a way to share and celebrate Métis culture.

ABOUT THE MÉTIS NATION OF ALBERTA REGION 3 AND PARKS CANADA

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The Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3's mandate supports practices of transparency, accountability and inclusiveness for Métis Albertans in government policy and decision-making processes and, overall, promotes and facilitates the advancement of Métis people through self-reliance, self-determination and self-management.

 

Since 2006, the Métis population has grown by 51.2%. The Métis are one of the fastest growing populations in Canada with a population of 587, 545 in 2016. Today, there are more than 114, 370 Métis living in the province of Alberta.

Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for a system of national parks, national marine conservations areas, national historic sites, national historic canals and waterways, and one national urban park – 223 locations from coast-to-coast-to coast. On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in way that ensures their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.