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This weekend, the Indigenous Winter Market calls

Over 25 vendors setting up wares at the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre
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The Indigenous Friendship Centre is hosting an Indigenous Winter Market this weekend / Photo by Jeff turl.

The North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre—at 980 Cassells Street—is hosting an Indigenous Winter Market, billed as North Bay’s only Indigenous craft show with plenty of local talent displaying their goods.

All are welcome to attend and browse the offerings from local artists and creatives. Sandra Thorkelson, the centre’s communications coordinator, expects around 25 or 30 vendors to attend, selling crafts, candles, jewelry, books, and all types of wares.

Admission is free, and the market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd to 4th.

“We are so happy to be hosting North Bay’s First Indigenous Winter Market,” noted Kathy Fortin, the executive director of the North Bay indigenous Friendship Centre. “This is the perfect opportunity for North Bay citizens to come and purchase products made by Indigenous artisans and creatives. If ever you’ve wanted beaded earrings, a limited-edition print of woodland art, or home décor items, this is the perfect time to do so.”

Vendors include Don Chretien, a woodland artist and digital artist, Ariel Nagokee from Neepish Designs who has beaded earrings and ribbon skirts, and Charles Hebert, an illustrator and leather worker. Artist, drummer, and singer Gerry McComb will be there, as will the Robinson Huron Treaty 1850 Store, Cedar Canoe Candles and many more.

Thorkelson noted the pow-wow committee will also be there, cooking up lunch as a fundraiser. Also, until December 8th, the Indigenous Friendship Centre is accepting new, unwrapped toys for kids aged infant to mid-teen which they will distribute this year in its annual toy drive. If you have a donation, you can drop it off when you visit the market.

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering civic and diversity issues for BayToday. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada
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