Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are excited to partner on a new project! We are seeking rad visual art to print on imagineNATIVE’s 400 delegate tote bags that, for you, says: “gathering” or “meeting place.” We are calling out to all young, Canadian Indigenous women artists (16-35) to pitch their artwork to print on these 2015 Festival tote bags. The bag is provided to local, national and international guests who work in film, TV, broadcast, new media and entertainment and a very limited run will be sold at the Festival’s Welcome Gathering event on opening day (October 14, 2015).

This project is generously supported by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, highlighting new work by a young Indigenous woman artist and employing young Toronto-based indigenous women entrepreneurs to manufacture and deliver the Festival delegate bags, to be hired in early September. Through this project, we are excited to promote young Indigenous women who work in fashion, textiles and retail, expanding their networks and clientele, and engaging important professional and skills development for them.


  • Standard CARFAC artist fee of $500
  • Artwork and name printed on 400 delegate bags
  • Networking opportunity, with one (1) imagineNATIVE Festival pass
  • Option to participate in and/or oversee the product development process
  • Two (2) Delegate Bags for your archives
  • Full sponsorship for the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator’s 2016 Research & Development Workshop Series

* Note: Travel or accommodation is not provided for any activities. The imagineNATIVE Festival, product development process and Setsuné Workshop Series all take place in Toronto.


  • Self-identifying Indigenous woman
  • Aged 16 – 35
  • Living in Canada

We are accepting digital applications to The email subject line should read: “Application: imagineNATIVE/Setsuné Project”

1) In 1 – 2 pages, please provide the following as a PDF:

  • Contact Information
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Indigenous Nation
    • Date of Birth
    • Email
    • Phone
  • Biography
  • Artist Statement as it relates to “gathering” or “meeting place”

2) As a JPG, please provide the following copy of your artwork, which should be:

  • one colour
  • Within 13”W X 14”H dimensions
  • Says, to you, “Gathering” or “Meeting Place”
  • If your work is selected, we will require a high-quality vector file of your artwork. We can provide some assistance for this, if needed.

imagineNATIVE and Setsuné artistic leads will select the artist and their work. We will select artwork based on creativity, quality, messaging and aesthetics. Selected artist will be notified in September.

Email is preferred
416 459 8280

Setsuné (set-soon-eh) means grandmother in the Dene language and we use it to acknowledge intergenerational crossovers, blood memory and oral histories expressed in fashion and the arts. The Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator fosters the research, development and creation of new works by young Indigenous women and mother artists (16-35) in traditional and contemporary fashion, textiles and wearable art; our partnerships engage respectful discourse and exhibition with industry, galleries and allies to promote Indigenous fashion and art among diverse cultures and sectors.

Setsuné is a Collective comprised of women artists, designers, managers and community members Sage Paul, Erika Iserhoff and Louise Solomon; we follow the spirit of a not-for-profit organization within an Indigenous framework. Setsuné Inc. is a social enterprise extension of the Incubator with a focus on the economic development and wellbeing of Indigenous women entrepreneurs who work in fashion, textiles and retail.


Since our first Festival in 2000, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has programmed film, video, radio and digital media works made by Canadian and international Indigenous media artists in key creative roles as producers, directors, and/or writers. In programming these works over the years, imagineNATIVE has embraced works from Indigenous creators that push artistic boundaries to represent a diversity of ideas, themes and genres in our programming, seeking representations of subjects that would not necessarily be made available through mainstream forms of media.
The 16th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival takes place October 14-18, 2015 in downtown Toronto.


Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training was created in 1991 to meet the unique training and employment needs of aboriginal peoples. Miziwe Biik provides the Greater Toronto Area’s Aboriginal community with training initiatives and employment services.