The ANGEL PROGRAM was designed by a few special ladies to help uplift and support ladies, women, girls…. women who have a story to tell.. who have been through major life events. These women are warriors.. they have fought through lives trials and crushed the negative things in their lives… and fought their fears in hopes to inspire some other strong, wonderful ladies…. Check out this beautiful ladies…. I had such a fun time with these lovely ladies! Not only beautiful and talented but incredibly creative… check out their amazing bio/stories…. thanks for stopping by! Hair – Uyen Huynh Makeup – Ashley Carmen Kurysh
Here is a little bio on these amazing ladies!
Little Bow-tihk is an upcoming fashion line founded by Marylou Mintram and Candace Linklater who are both from the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Nehetho designs are about whom we are, our identity and our heritage. In honour of our Family name Little Bow, our Nehetho designs-Fashion line will be labelled “Little Bow-Tihk”. To remember our family heritage we use designs that are connected to our ancestry. We want to transform these patterns into modern day; embroidery, silk print, bead sequencing, lace and embossing to create one of a kind garments that reflect the Northern Cree People.
Helen Oro Designs – Helen Oro is a designer based out of the Pelican Lake First Nation. This past Helen has attended and showcased her designs across Canada, USA and Internationally. Her line consists of beaded accessories and heels. She now branched out into clothing. She showcased in couture fashion week in NYC September 2014. In March 2015, Helen showcased in Melbourne Australia, being the youngest First Nation designer to attend, as well as being the first Canadian at this event. Helen recently co-hosted the Project MTF fashion show and talent showcase in Bozeman Montana. Besides all the shows attended, Helen coordinated many fashion show events in Saskatoon, held a top model event and has brought many First Nation models with her to model at international shows.
Tori Lyn Wanotch owns First Intimate Apparel is an aboriginal owned Social Enterprise with two interconnected concepts. First design and create beautiful intimate garments and clothing featuring aboriginal artists, with an emphasis on quality, style and luxury. Secondly FIA aims to create a social awareness of healthy sexuality for aboriginal women, violence against aboriginal women and begin to transition the idea of rape culture as it exists for aboriginal women.
FIA will achieve these missions through a series of events and programs, through beautiful photography with images of beautiful, strong, confidant indigenous women in classy, artistically unique and tasteful photos. We will choose ambassadors who are creating change and challenging ideas of sexuality for indigenous women though their work and in their lives. We will also fund programs in our community for aboriginal women to facilitate strong messages of health, hope and empowerment.
FIA will choose partners and promote artists who are aboriginal, ethical and believe in our mission. We will share in promotion of quality indigenous businesses, products and people.
SheNative Goods Inc. is a social impact, handbag and accessories company, on a mission to empower Indigenous women in Canada. The SheNative handbags are traditionally inspired modern pieces, made of genuine leathers, including modern urban luxury cow-skin and buffalo-skin leathers. Our mission is to help change the perception of the Indigenous woman in Canada. We aim to celebrate her story and support her in a way that is effectively life changing and ever lasting.
SheNative Goods Inc., is owned and operated by Devon Fiddler, a Cree woman of the Waterhen Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. SheNative officially registered in April 1, 2014, and has been raising capital via crowdfunding in April-May 2014, and November-January 2014/15. SheNative has also received various grant programs such as the Mino-Bimaadiziwin Business Planning Competition, the Waterhen Lake First Nation Economic Development Program, the Michaelle Jean Foundation’s Young Arts Entrepreneur Grant, the SIEF Contribution Program, the Aboriginal Youth Idea Challenge (AYIC) and received a start up loan of $45,000 from Futurepreneur and the Business Development Bank of Canada.
Devon has recently been recognized as CBC’s Future 40 under 40, as well as being a nominee of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Under 29 category, and most recently is a nominee of the SABEX Awards under New Product.
Being in fashion, and having no design experience, Devon realized that she needed support of designers and artisans. While Devon can provide business and entrepreneurial support to her peers, each entrepreneur and business have something amazing to offer, whether it’s fashion shows, industrial sewing, beading, and traditional techniques, etc.