Inuk heritage worn loud and proud on graduation day
“As Corner Brook Regional High School graduates promenaded through city streets in celebration of their diplomas this week, one outfit in particular turned heads.
Marissa McKenzie showed up in a custom-made gown featuring a sealskin bodice: a nod not only to her Inuk heritage, but to her biological family still grappling with the ripples of Nunavut’s struggling sealing industry.
“There was a huge crowd,” McKenzie recounted. “A lot of people were shocked by it. They loved it. They were in awe.”
McKenzie’s mother, Paulette Benoit, spotted the design on the website of St. John’s designer Rodney Philpot. According to McKenzie, she immediately gushed over it and asked her daughter if she thought she’d like to wear something similar.”