Naming and Acknowledging: Ethical Inspiration vs. Cultural Appropriation

Indigenous Sovereignty


Organizer: Government of Northwest Territories

Time: Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022 – 10:00 AM MST


Christina King (Taalrumiq) 

Taalrumiq is an Inuvialuk & Gwich’in Artist, Fashion Designer, Content Creator and Cultural Educator who shares Inuvialuit culture with the world. Creating fine art, Inuvialuit couture and compelling digital content, she inspires others to celebrate Indigenous identity and at the same time work toward healing intergenerational trauma. 

Gifted an ancestral family name by local Elders, she was named after her great – grandmother.  She grew up in Tuktuuyaqtuuq with her Inuvialuit family and community and went on to earn a Journeyman Red Seal Certificate, Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Alberta.

Through short format tiktok videos she educates, engages and informs a global audience about what it means to be a modern Inuvialuk while sharing Inuvialuit history, culture, art, fashion, language and humour and Indigenizing popular trends.

She currently resides by the Arctic Ocean in Tuktuuyaqtuuq with her family and dog Munaqsi.

Taalrumiq (Christina) King.
Taalrumiq (Christina) King.


Liisa Ravna Finbog
Margaret Nazon
Pipaluk Kristensen
Heather Stienhagen
Najasuk Alariaq


Margaret Nazon.

Margaret Nazon

Margaret was born to Nomadic parents of Tsiigehtchic, NWT.  She learned to sew at an early age and has developed her craft over the years becoming an expert seamstress.

Margaret studied business administration and fashion design in Alberta and now owns her own Craft business called Nomad Designs, operating from Tsiigehtchic, NWT.

Since 2009 “year of Astronomy” Margaret started beading images coming from the Hubble Space Telescope.  Stitching various beads and colours to a black canvas background, she creates vibrant light filled images of the visual wonders of the Universe such as galaxies and nebulae.  

Margaret’s approach to life is to be open and to absorb as much as one can.

Heather Steinhagen

Homegrown from Whitehorse, Yukon, Heather “Von” Steinhagen is an “artist of sorts” with roots from Cowessess First Nation (mother, Cree) and Germany (father, 2nd Generation Canadian). Heather’s passion for supporting creative innovation and heart-filled connections drives her career and art practice.She exhibits her artwork regularly and is often working on challenging and creative projects such as Indigenize Wikipedia (Whitehorse, YT. 2018) and participating in talks like Becoming a Working Artist (Lady Smith, BC. 2021). 

Heather has collected a Visual Arts Diploma (Vancouver Island University, 2014) and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, focusing on Community-based Arts Education (Concordia, Montreal, QC. 2017). Heather has worked as an Arts Administrator for the Yukon Arts Centre (2015 & 2018), Government of Yukon Tourism and Culture (2017) and is the former Executive Director of the Yukon Arts Society (2020). 

Currently, Heather is the Content Developer for the Canadian Crafts Federation and has recently created “What is Indigenous Cultural Appropriation?” (2021), a brief introduction to cultural appropriation of craft in Canada. With this guide Heather has been a guest on The Indigenous Protocols Podcast Series (CARFAC) and is happy to continue to share what she learns.