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Vancouver’s first Indigenous fashion week to celebrate cultural appreciation

Organizers of Vancouver’s first Indigenous-focused fashion week say the event will celebrate “cultural appreciation” for designers and creators who are used to seeing their work appropriated by others.

Vancouver-born producer Joleen Mitton says the four-day showcase will feature collections from about 32 designers, most of whom are Indigenous.

The models are also mostly indigenous, and will include former and current foster care kids – a vulnerable group that often struggles with identity and self-acceptance, says Mitton, whose heritage is a mix of Plains Cree, French and Scottish.

The Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week runs July 26 till July 29.