I’ll begin this month’s letter by acknowledging that VITA is created on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and that this particular issue is dedicated to celebrating all things Indigenous. However, as one of our featured influencers, Shayla Stonechild, wisely says, “We are so much more than just a land acknowledgement.” Rather, she encourages each of us to “be an ally … by making relations toward Indigenous people. Follow them on social media, shout out their work, buy their art, share their work, hire us.” That said, I invite you to read and learn more in the fashion, travel and wine stories that follow. Additionally, for October, we’re looking at other issues around diversity and inclusion, from cultural appropriation to clothing sizes to hair styling. Plus, as usual, we explore the city’s newest retailers and restaurants ready to serve you. Enjoy!