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Walk to Tuk Fashion

 February 5, 2019
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association
Photo: Pat Kane

What’s your Walk to Tuk style?  Fancy? Traditional? Sporty? Cheeky? Colourful?

Although participating in Walk to Tuk can often be a chilly endeavour, it doesn’t mean that we can’t express our own personal style!  A benefit of living in the north is being able to wear awesome outfits to keep the cold at bay.

Elisapea Kagak with her parents Jess Van Overbeek and Billy Kagak.

We always love to see what our participants are wearing. Elisapea Kagak with her parents, Jess Van Overbeek and Billy Kagak, are wearing parkas that were expertly crafted by Rosie Kagak from Kugluktuk! The seal, wolf, and fox furs are not only functionally warm, but also stunning to look at. The intricacies of the Delta Braid found on Jess’ coat are a wonderful tribute to the Arctic communities. One of the great things about living in the Northwest Territories is getting to wear such amazing clothing honouring the incredible traditions of the Indigenous people who have lived here for so many generations.

Delta Braid

We would also like to think of winter fashion as a social booster!  When people are wearing fun outfits, well crafted traditional items, or matching Canada Goose parkas, it gives us an opportunity to connect with people over these very northern moments.  How many times have you left a party and had to double check that you’re grabbing the correct Stegers or Manitobah Mukluks?  Or swooned over someone’s mitts while cashing out at the Northern store?

The NWTRPA would love to see how you and your fellow Walk to Tuk teammates strut your winter walking style.  Be sure to post photos on your favourite social media platform and use #walktotuk!

Embroidered mitts: Topsy Banksland, Ulukhaktok
Beaded mitts: Jennifer Rafferty, Yellowknife
Blue mitts: Artist Unknow, Sahtu region

Photos: Jennifer Rafferty