Frances Pasap

Frances Pasap- Red Jingle dress

Frances Pasap

Frances (Frankie) Pasap

Whitebear Nakoda Nations Band Treaty 4 Territory

My love for sewing started at the ripe age of 8 years old. I was living in foster care and my foster mother had me sit with her while she sewed. Unbeknownst to me, we had created my school photo day dress.

Many years later I got back into sewing with my birth mother in my early 20s. I started with helping her sew traditional Indigenous style vests and have since went to school to learn on a professional level. I traveled to Ottawa and attended Richard Robinson Haure Couture Fashion Academy for 3 years and was rewarded with a diploma in Fashion design.

Sewing has become one of those hobbies that helps keep me focused on my life and my journey, and has created a wonderful job opportunity for me at Minwaashin Lodge.

While I am thankful for my role at Minwaashin Lodge, I am still hoping to own my own business one day.

For now I work full time doing what I love, while taking care of my adult son.

Frankie Profile


Frankie is the culture program coordinator at Minwaashin Lodge here on the unceded unsurrendered Algonquin Territory (Ottawa). Frankie coordinates workshops as well as facilitates them.

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