Christmas Shopping 2018
Spirit Bear Coffee, BC
The holiday season is just weeks away. For some, the snow has already buried the city while for others, it is the green that dominates around the Christmas trees this year. No matter in which town or community you’ll celebrate, the important thing is, of course, to have a good time with the family and to indulge yourself a bit.
Speaking of pampering and indulge oneself, we collected through our members a small list of items designed by the hands of Indigenous artists, artisans, and creators across Canada. Original articles, supporting our craftsmen and their art are perfect, of course, to please a loved one.
Here are some ideas for you dear readers!
Delree’s Native Art Gallery
Looking for a unique painting? Ask Delree Dumont from Delree’s Native Art Gallery. Originally from the Cree Nation of Onion Lake, Delree painted most of her life. She mainly paints with acrylic, and most creations reflect the complexity of the wildlife, horses and aboriginal dancers in their regalia. Her style is unique and varies between realism and pointillism, resembling beading on canvas, a real treat for the eyes!
The River Fresh name is second to none, and for decades the Secwepemc people of the Shuswap Nation have been offering fair trade wood smoked wild Pacific salmon in a way that respects both nature and traditions. A perfect gift for foodies as well as a pure delight on the table for your guests.
Spirit Bear Coffee
For short nights, or just for the desire to drink an excellent organic coffee, fair-trade harvested and certified, Spirit Bear Coffee company is a close friend during the Holidays…and year round.
Indigenous World Winery
The emergence of Canadian wine products from the Okanagan Valley has undoubtedly won over many hearts for decades. In 2014, the dream of Robert Louie and his wife Bernice to launch Indigenous World Winery came to life. Why not offer your friends wine connoisseurs, an indigenous wine? An excellent gift to give and also an excellent wine to have in one’s cellar.
Located in Fort Smith in the NWT., Aurora Heat produces handmade and wonderfully luxurious hand, foot and body warmers made with sheared beaver fur. They are reusable and incredibly soft. Offer your loved ones this unique traditional gift that will keep them comfortable and toasty warm!
ATIKUSS have launched a project to support primarily Canadian Indigenous women as well as Indigenous fair trade, with respect for nature and millennial traditions. The Boots of Hope are the fruit of this grand project. Stylish boots to keep you warm all winter!
Délice Boréal / Northern Delights
Who does not need to be comforted during the Holidays? Délice boréal offers a wide variety of Inuit herbal teas. Their assortment box contains 5 different herbal teas that will make you feel like discovering a part of this little-known region, Nunavik, in the far North of Québec.
Nowadays, we notice a definite increase in Foodies around us; this is for them! Salaweg, an Indigenous company specializing in the processing of brown algae, offers 3 wonderful and unique products to impress your guests: Sea Relish, Fish Spice or Tartar Mix. An original gift for your foodie friends.
Dennis Shorty Fine Art
There is a spirit in everything and, for Dennis Shorty, a multidisciplinary artist, creating art is a powerful spiritual act. Reusing moose antlers, he brings them back to life back by surgically sculpting various emblems of his native territory, the Yukon.
More links by region:
British Columbia and Alberta
- The Indigenous Art Gallery at Skwachàys Lodge celebrates the artistic and cultural talent of Indigenous artists living and working in east Vancouver;
- The Squamish & Lil’Wat Cultural Center has a beautiful gift shop with authentic native products for sale including locally made handicrafts.
- I-Hos Gallery offers an incredible diversity of works by West Coast artisans.
- Moonstone Creations is a small family business that presents its own handmade art objects as well as the creations of more than two dozen other artists.
Saskatchewan & Manitoba
- Wanuskewin Gift Shop offers a selection of authentic, traditional and handcrafted items;
- Fat Daug, Métis father-daughter duo and artisans in Winnipeg, who make beautiful pendants, earrings and wood art objects made from deer antlers;
- On Manitoulin Island, the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Gift Shop offers local arts and crafts, t-shirts, mugs, and books by Ojibway artists;
- Thunderbird Crafts Trading Post, located within the Chippewas of Kettle Point and Stony Point First Nations, is a trading post for native handicrafts that also supplies raw materials to artisans;
- Good Beer Fan Manitoulin Brewing Co is a new, Indigenous-owned brewery that recently opened in Little Current, Ontario. You can now buy their products online.
- The Gros-Louis Snowshoes and Craft Shop in Wendake offers a wide variety of Indigenous art and handicrafts from Eastern Canada. Several on-site made handcrafted items are also available on the spot.
- Located at Membertou Heritage Park, Petroglyphs Gift Shop offers locally crafted Micmac artifacts and crafts including traditional dream catchers, quality jewelry, incredible handmade sculptures, and bright, colourful paintings. Petroglyphs not only offers souvenirs of Cape Breton but elements of East Coast Indigenous culture;
Through the Territories (YK, NW, NU)
- The Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association has, on its website, a comprehensive listing of souvenir shops and galleries across the territories, that sell beautiful creations;
- The Tlicho Online Store sells authentic Indigenous art and craft items hand-crafted by the Tłı̨chǫ and First Nations artists of the Northwest Territories.
- Victoria’s Arctic Fashion’s excellent handmade coats and mittens in Iqaluit, Nunavut, are definitely something to consider!