No one was talking about Indigenous designers within the Toronto creative community. Sage Paul wanted to change that, so the urban Dene woman launched Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) earlier this year. As an artist and a designer herself—she showed her latest collection, Giving Life, at Montreal’s Festival Mode & Design and has plans to take it to Calgary’s Otahpiaaki Fashion Week in November—Paul is hoping that IFWTO will improve the visibility and advancement of Indigenous artists while providing “a space for the fashion, culture and arts industries to gain knowledge about how to work with Indigenous designers.” In addition to IFWTO, Paul recently did the costume design for Falls Around Her, a film about an Anishinaabe musician that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year. She is also working on creating a “value-driven entrepreneurship course for Indigenous women and non-binary people working in fashion, crafts and textiles.” The values that she hopes to share and propagate are ones that form an integral part of how she was raised. “Indigenous people value and have a lot of respect for one another and the earth and all living things,” says Paul. “There’s a sense of gratitude and a reciprocal relationship with everything, including the land, including animals.” It’s a value system she hopes will be adopted by an increasingly unsustainable industry before it’s too late.