Dorothy Grant Receives Order of Canada
Celebrated Native Designer Built an International Following for her Haida-Infused Couture Clothing and Accessories Lines.
Dorothy Grant was honoured with the Order of Canada on May 8, 2015 for her contributions to the fashion industry as a Haida artist, designer and mentor.
Dorothy Grant is one of the premiere native fashion designers working in North America today and has created a distinct and recognizable Canadian look for her clothing and accessories labels. She has been a role model for thousands of youth and novice entrepreneurs as her work is studied in universities across North America.
She is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of Haida art, even while incorporating it into mainstream fashion. Her work has reached worldwide audiences, particularly in North America, Italy and New Zealand.
Sharon Shorty, acclaimed Yukon playwright and actor, says, “Through her work, Dorothy Grant has raised the profile of First Nations’ women’s art-forms to an iconic status.”
Amongst other accolades, Dorothy has been voted “One of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia” by the Vancouver Sun and has received the 2009 British Columbia Aboriginal Business Award for Individual Achievement.
When asked what she would like to be known for, she responds, “I would like to know that I made a difference for First Nations youth, that any idea is possible. That my artwork can make someone wearing one of my garments feel pride in themselves. That through my achievements as an artist and entrepreneur I feel I have broken down stereotypes and changed the perception of a successful native woman.”
Established in 1967, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society and 6,000 people in total have been invested in the Order.