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We are thrilled with the incredible response to our call-out for original, hand-crafted, artisan products for our NWAC store: Artisanelle! The store is now open and items are available for purchase in person at our beautiful, new building:
NWAC’s Social, Cultural, and Economic Innovation Centre, located at 120 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Que.
Artisanelle isn’t just a store buying and selling high-quality, Indigenous products; it’s a social enterprise of artisan creations by Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and worldwide. It empowers artisans by contributing to economic independence and sustainability through Fair Trade, while bridging the gap between artisans and global markets. Artisanelle honours Indigenous Traditions and celebrates culture, all the while enticing social change.
So, come and visit us. Our items are hand-crafted and unique and, as an added bonus, by making a purchase at Artisanelle, you will help Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals grow and sustain their own businesses! Be a part of NWAC’s economic empowerment movement!
For vendor inquiries, below is a list of FAQs regarding the store. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no deadline. Purchases of artisan items for the store will be on going. Through purchasing inventory, we are creating a databank of entrepreneurs to purchase from in the future.
We accept a wide range of items made from varying materials. Use whatever materials work best for your piece—whether they’re Traditional materials used for generations, or modern textiles that capture your imagination. Materials can include silver, copper, or other metals; cloth, leather, beads, sealskin, furs, quills, or any other materials you work with.
NWAC’s boutique is called Artisanelle, and consist of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, Indigenous items, including jewelry, clothing, artwork, and more! The store is available in person at NWAC’s headquarters, located at 120 Promenade du Portage, Gaineau, Que.
We welcome submissions from across Canada and internationally. Artisans must be Indigenous.
Firstly, and most importantly, NWAC ensures all entrepreneurs receive fair market value for their items. All proceeds will be invested back into communities to support the development of businesses run by Indigenous women and gender-diverse people. Items will be sold at a price that ensures artists are paid fairly, while remaining competitive enough to sell quickly to keep a steady supply of products from our artisans.