The first time I remember sewing I was in Paulatuk living with relatives for a while. My auntie made me sew – I didn’t like it and said I would never do it again. But when I was about six years old, I was in foster homes and spent time with some of the elders, like Jessie Cote, who really inspired me to sew. I asked a million questions to learn as much as I could from her.
Today art is my passion I don’t think I could go without it. I spend a lot of time on the land with my family where we work a lot with traditional food – but I need to sew! I just want to make so many different things to see how they will turn out. I like sewing for kids because they look so cute when they are dressed up. I like making canvass mukluks because kids always think they can run faster when they put them on. I put elastics in them to make them unique and to help them stay on.
I still talk a lot about Jessie and what she has taught me. It is a tradition I would like to see passed on so I teach others at the youth centre and at the college. It makes me proud that other people are learning.