Canada Goose launched its 2022 Project Atigi collection in January, designed in partnership with renowned Inuk fashion designer, Victoria Kakuktinniq.
Project Atigi — “atigi” meaning “parka” in Inuktitut — is a social entrepreneurship program that honours and celebrates the legacy, craftsmanship and traditions of Inuit women in Canada’s North. Kakuktinniq joins Canada Goose as Guest Designer, creating three limited-edition outerwear styles, where proceeds will again benefit Inuit communities across Canada through Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national representational organization for Inuit in Canada.
Kakuktinniq is known for fusing traditional garments with modern style. She brought this iconic approach to the collection, bringing the characteristics of traditional Inuit garments — hoods, hems and trims — together with modern silhouettes. The rich colour palette of this collection evokes the Northern Lights, representing the night sky from the designer’s hometown of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. As well, each style is finished with tattoo trim, a special and important design feature from Kakuktinniq. Inuit have a long history of traditional tattooing, with their designs and meanings varying between people and communities.
Proceeds from the first and second Project Atigi collections totaled more than $165,000, supporting self-directed Inuit education, employment and cultural preservation programs through ITK. This year’s goal is expected to exceed the combined proceeds of the two earlier collections.