Mēkiwin Maada’ookii Partager Share: Leticia Spence and Josh Dudych

A series of talks on Indigenous design, its history of racist misuse and appropriation, and how to interpret and respect it.

Mēkiwin (Meh-gii-win) in Cree means to share. Maada’ookii (Mada Okee) in Ojibway is to share something with others. Partager (par·ta·jé) in French is to share. We share a lot of things. We share this earth, we share a love of design, and we share our knowledge. GDC Manitoba is honoured to host a BlueSky series on Indigenous Design, from the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Indigenous themes and imagery have been used in art and design for centuries, often with little care for meaning and significance. This has led to offensive and often racist appropriation of these themes and imagery, with little thought to the hurt and damage their use has caused. Through this series of BlueSky talks, GDC Manitoba is hoping to facilitate conversations on not only how to interpret and respect Indigenous Design, but also the history of misuse that came from this lack of knowledge.

GDC Manitoba is proud to offer this event free of charge. However, if you are so inclined, donations will be accepted to support and grow design scholarships aimed at Indigenous design education.

Attendance is limited to 90.