Mary-Anne Francey

Beaufort Delta
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I was born in Inuvik, NWT but my father was in the Canadian Air Force so we moved to many places in Canada. I have always loved to create things out of different materials. I started to write as a teenager, from short stories to poems.

My Nanak, Mary Kaglik, was a talented seamstress. When I would take a sewing course, instructors would tell me stories about her ability to create parkas, mitts and mukluks. I would work hard in creating my own items but I found that I had a long way to go to become as good of a seamstress. 

As a single mother I found it hard to make the time to be able to create all the things I wanted and my hands would become easily tired. I decided I would only create traditional clothing for myself and son.

I loved going out on the land spending time with my family at our camp. In 2016 I started to learn how to run our trap line, however in 2018 I became allergic to the cold. Not being able to go outside and enjoy the traveling and trapping for eight months of the year, I started to look for new ways things that brought joy in my life. That's when I started to make handcrafted jewelry. 


Last Updated: May 23, 2023

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