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June 24, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

On Tuesday, June 4, Canada Goose, in partnership with First Air, expanded its Resource Centre Program to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, with a fabric donation event taking place at the Kitikmeot Heritage Society.

The event was a success with over 10,000 meters of fabric donated to provide local sewers and craftspeople with the opportunity to create bespoke parkas using modern Canada Goose materials and their traditional methods of sewing.

Canada Goose employees and Shelly De Caria of First Air joined Pamela Gross, Mayor of Cambridge Bay, at the event. Gross said, “As the Mayor of Cambridge Bay, and as Hivulliqpaam Aulapkaiji / Executive Director of the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society, I appreciate the deepening relationship between Canada Goose and Inuit. The support shown through this gift, and through Project Atigi, is critical to our cultural expression as Inuinnait.”

Key details below and event images can be found here. Please let us know if you require more information.

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For over 10 years, Canada Goose has proudly been donating its excess fabric and materials to northern Canadian communities via its Resource Centre Program.

The idea for the Program originated in 2007 when Canada Goose invited two sewers from Pond Inlet, Nunavut – Meeka Atagootak and Rebecca Kiliktee – to its Toronto factory to make a commemorative, one-of-a-kind parka using their traditional Inuit sewing methods. During their visit, the pair noticed some scrap fabrics left over from production and asked if they could bring it home to make their own jackets for friends and family.

Their request turned into a pivotal moment; Canada Goose was looking for both a more meaningful way to give back to the inspirational people of the North, as well as a responsible way to reuse excess materials that would otherwise go to waste. Inspired by Meeka and Rebecca, the Canada Goose Resource Centre Program was born.

Since 2009, in partnership with First Air, Canada Goose has been donating and delivering fabric and materials to remote communities in Canada’s North. This Program empowers Inuit seamstresses to continue their traditional ways of sewing with modern technical materials they might never have access to or would find too expensive. These materials allow women in the North to leverage their skillset in sewing, and continue to hone their craft, making jackets for family, friends and members of their community.

To date, over two million metres of Canada Goose fabric has been donated to Northern communities.

Communities supported to date:

  • Pond Inlet, Nunavut
  • Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
  • Kuujiuag, Nunavik
  • Pangnirtung, Nunavut
  • Cape Dorset, Nunavut
  • Igloolik, Nunavut
  • Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

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