ReMatriate: Canadian First Nations Women taking control back over their “visual identity.”

By way of my research into feminized craft, I am grateful to have became aware of the important work being done by a brilliant, creative, and powerful group of Indigenous women from across Canada, they identify under the lable ReMatriate.

Please consider sharing their important work on social media widely.

#ReMatriate #IndigenousWomen #IndigenousCultures#LivingOffTheLand #ReMatriation

The following in an exherpt from a CBC article article just posted Sunday April 12, 2015:

ReMatriate wants to take back ‘visual identity’ of First Nations

Claire Anderson, a lawyer in Whitehorse, is a member of ReMatriate, a collective of women from different First Nations across the country using photography and social media to take back control of their “visual identity.” 

The tipping point came when a Canadian designer announced its new fashion line called D-Squaw, which its website stated was inspired by “Canadian Indian tribes.” 

That provoked a group of women to start talking about how they could create awareness around use of the word “squaw,” said Kelly Edzerza-Bapty, a member of the collective who lives in Vancouver. 

“[Squaw] is such a derogatory term to refer to young indigenous women,” said Edzerza-Bapty.

She said ReMatriate was formed to start discussing “how can we start to take that image and turn it into a positive message in which we can show what indigenous women represent.” 

Edzerza-Bapty said the collective is made up of a diverse group of female fashion designers, singers, models, architects, artists and advocates.

“ReMatriate” refers to the group’s desire to take back their female identify and role in society.They plan to do this by sharing the images and stories of First Nations women through social media (Facebook, Instagram) and eventually, photography exhibitions. (CBC)

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You can also watch the two beautifully shot videos of ReMatriate weaver/member Meghann O’Brien here:

Published by Danielle Hogan

Visual artist, writer, curator, educator

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