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last updated May 31, 2024 by Sheila Schmutz, Saskatoon. [email protected]

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Fur trapping has been a part of Canada's history from the begining. The Metis people were active in the fur trade across Canada. Today it is still a means of livelihood for many people in the far north. One example is the "Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association Co-operative".

Clothing made of natural fur is also still a means of personal survival for Inuit peoples in the far north. The fur apparel they have worn is shown on this Inuit doll with a soapstone carved face. The doll is part of the First Nations art collection on display in the Agriculture Building of the University of Saskatchewan, donated by Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg. The doll was made of sealskin, fox fur and stone by Rose Kogayona of Kugluktuk (Coppermine).

Contemporary artists such as 2014 Polaris prize winner, Tanya Tagaq, continue to speak about the importance of fur, such as seal skin, to the survival of the Inuit people today. Read more about this in:

We encourage you to wear real fur and support this part of our heritage! This website is meant to help source fur garments and materials in Canada. In recent years, such items have become harder to find, and purchase in some areas.

Canada is cold much of the year, so wearing garments with natural fur serves a useful purpose, not just a fashionable purpose. However, fur trim can also add luxury and beauty to clothing, as well as warmth.

As part of the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival 2017, Sheila was interviewed by Janella Hamilton in a spot on CTV Morning Live. She is shown at the left with the two lovely models that appeared.

A few items are designed specifically for Renaissance Faire wear or other Medieval events..

Craft Exhibits and Shows where Sheila plans or hopes to have a Wear Our Heritage Booth in 2024. More may be added but many shows have not been announced yet or applications confirmed until summer.

Craft Exhibits and Shows where Sheila had a Wear Our Heritage Booth in Fall/Winter 2023. Note that the Western Development Museum will no longer host their Christmas Craft Fair.

Thanks to everyone who bought a fur trimmed hat or cape or neckpiece in 2023! I hope it keeps you warm and happy for years to come!

The "booth" at the right was at the Western Development Museum's Christmas Craft Fair in Saskatoon on October 18-19, 2019. It won 1st prize for display. Unfortunately this craft fair ended with their 2022 show.

She is a "juried" member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council

She is a founding member of the Artisanal Fur Collective of Canada

Wear Our Heritage is a supporter of the International Fur Federation