Erin Brillon is from the Haida and Cree Nations. For over a decade Erin has been dedicated to the empowerment and healthy development of Aboriginal youth and families. Erin focuses on nutritional healing, mindfulness practices, social-emotional learning, and youth empowerment. Erin calls upon practices from many cultures to provide positive learning experiences through cultural connections and art. Erin also collaborates with her brother, Jesse, a Haida artist. Together they create clothing, jewelry, and home décor items with their company Totem Design House. The company is founded on Indigenous values, which means they utilize local workers and use eco-friendly fabrics and water-based inks to blend traditional designs into contemporary creations. Five percent of profits from sales of Totem Design House go towards Indigenous youth empowerment projects and programs.

A conversation with ERIN BRILLON