Osaw Kihew founder is a University student at Mount Royal University. The therapeutic value is what kept him making the products. OK promotes Indigenous through design, innovation, manufacturing, and employment. We wish to educate upon the deep rooted history of the blanket; from the missionaries teaching Lakota tribes the star as their way of giving back for the decimation of the Bison; to the nuns teaching the children in the residential schools; and, finally to those who learn in the Pathways program while incarcerated. Pathways is a response to the one of the ninety-four calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to reduce the Indigenous inmate population. Pathways is where the founder learned the skill.
Video credit: Floyd Blackhorse.
This was part of a pitch competition at Mount Royal University.
Video credit: Ralph David.
Video credit: CBC.