Knitted Wit HerStory 2021: Aurora Borealis


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For August, Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rose to prominence in Canada when she made an impassioned speech in the House of Commons on International Women's Day in 2017. She was part of a group called Daughters of the Vote, which empowers young women to speak up about what they want their votes to accomplish and what their visions are for the future of their communities, both small (town) and large (country). Qaqqaq, an Inuit, spoke about suicide rates in Indigenous people and her vision for a Canada in which Indigenous issues are front and center. She was approached by the New Democratic Party to run in her home territory of Nunavut, a largely Indigenous territory, and the newest, largest, and northernmost territory in Canada. She won her seat in Canada's Parliament by running on a platform that focused on the basic human rights of Inuit people, including suicide prevention measures, securing more food security, insuring access to safe water, and increased access to safe housing.

The Aurora Borealis colorway is an homage to the otherworldly light displays that can be enjoyed in Mumilaaq Qaqqaq's beloved Nunavut and to the light that Quaqqaq is in Canadian activism. We hope you enjoy learning more about her and keeping an eye on her, as we are sure she will continue to advocate for the Indigenous peoples of Canada. She's only 27, after all.

Fiber Content: 80% Superwash Merino Wool/ 20% Nylon

Weight: Fingering/Sock

Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1" on US 1-3; suggested B-D hook

Weight/Yardage: 115g/420 yds

Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat

Country Of Origin: USA