Humber College’s Indigenous students and alumni flexed their creative muscles while creating their own unique designs on shoes as part of a modern moccasin workshop held virtually in August.
Quazance Boissoneau, manager with the Indigenous Education and Engagement (IE&E) department, said the event was a good way to introduce the new cohort of incoming students to IE&E. It also means the participating students headed to campus with stylish Vans shoes of their own design.
Former Humber student Justine Keeshig was a work study student at IE&E when she heard about the workshop and decided to take part. She had the opportunity to connect virtually with peers and network while indulging in her creative side.
“I really liked the artistic aspect of it,” said Keeshig, who designed an Ojibway floral print on her pair of shoes. “It let me get in touch with my creative side.”
The workshop was also an opportunity for participants to build their network and connect with the RBC Royal Eagles, a fellowship of Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees working together to raise awareness and support of Indigenous culture throughout RBC.
Boissoneau said the RBC Royal Eagles connected and networked with the students and alumni and served as examples of members of the Indigenous community who are enjoying success.
“The RBC Royal Eagles are Indigenous community members who are succeeding so we wanted to introduce them to our incoming students,” said Boissoneau.
IE&E has partnered with the RBC Royal Eagles for previous events and workshops at Humber.