Mēkiwin Maada’ookii Partager Share: Mark Rutledge

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

Mark Rutledge, CGD™ is one of Canada’s design leaders with deep roots and experience designing for Canada’s Indigenous communities and organizations. He is currently the Lead Designer at Animikii, Inc., working with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations helping First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. He has helped design websites for The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, New Journeys and Indian Horse, the movie. He has also created branding and visual identities for Primary Colours, Turtle Island Institute, EntrepreNorth and many others. Mark is the first Indigenous National President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and the first to lead from the Arctic. He is a proud Ojibwa from the Little Grand Rapids First Nation who lives and works in Whitehorse, Yukon on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council.

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.