First Nation Gifts for the Season

Posted on December 5, 2014

The holiday season is upon us, and that means there are only a few scant shopping days left in which to find the perfect gift for that special someone. But don’t worry. You can always find unique and one-of-a-kind gift ideas – from carvings, masks and totems to jewelry, paintings, clothing and more – at any of the Aboriginal art galleries and gift shops throughout BC.

Ahtsik Native Art Gallery – Port Alberni
The gallery on Vancouver Island is owned and operated by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Gordon Dick, and features his own impressive carvings, as well as pieces from other First Nation artists including original paintings, bentwood boxes, paddles, masks, West Coast basketry made from cedar, bark and grass, plus carved silver jewelry. > more info

Best Western Tin Wis Tofino Resort – Tofino
This Vancouver Island resort location also offers a gift shop with small quantities of locally produced jewelry and cedar work, Tin Wis Resort serpent logo items and a wide array of other sundry items. > more info

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – Vancouver
The acclaimed downtown Vancouver gallery features a selection of original works and prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards and more. > more info

Cheryl’s Trading Post – White Rock
Located in South Surrey/White Rock at the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, Cheryl’s Trading Post offers handmade First Nations art from all over the Americas, including carvings, jewelry and paintings from the Northwest Coast, Inuit soapstone and antler carvings, Plains hide and beadwork, Woodlands paintings, East coast carvings and paintings, Southwestern jewelry and weaving, Huichol bead and yarn art, Zapotec painted carvings, and Mayan and Inca textiles. > more info

Copper Maker Gallery – Fort Henry (near Port Hardy)
Home to internationally renowned artist Calvin Hunt, the Copper Maker Gallery is located just outside of Port Hardy, BC and features breathtaking works of art including totem poles, masks, dance outfits, and more. > more info

Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay – Skidegate
The Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay is an award-winning Aboriginal cultural tourism attraction located on Haida Gwaii on British Columbia’s Northwest coast, offering the Haida Gwaii Museum Gift Shop with a wide range of Aboriginal art works for purchase. > more info

Culture Shock Gallery – Alert Bay
Owned and operated by Andrea, Barb, and Donna Cranmer of Alert Bay, BC, the Culture Shock Gallery offers unique cedar weaving works and traditional local art forms. > more info

I-Hos Gallery – Courtenay
In the Comox Valley, the I-Hos Gallery is known as the place to go for authentic West Coast First Nation art, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings, textiles and clothing. > more info

Khot-la-cha Art Gallery and Gift Shop – North Vancouver
A second-generation First Nations owned and operated business, located on Capilano Reserve, the Khot-la-cha gallery offers traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artwork and crafts, plus masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings, textiles and clothing. > more info

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre – Osoyoos
Located in the Okanagan, the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre features Coyote’s Gifts – an authentic First Nations gift store carrying a wide selection of merchandise including housewares, books on First Nations and nature topics, Aboriginal recording artists, edibles, blankets, and much more. > more info

Musqueam Cultural Centre – Richmond
A gorgeous gallery in Vancouver, the Musqueam Cultural Centre tells the story of the thousands of years of Musqueam Nation and highlighting intricate art forms including, weaving, basketry, carving, and other forms of craftsmanship. > more info

Skwachàys Lodge – Vancouver
Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge offers the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, which showcases Aboriginal artists from across Canada and features jewelry, hats, art cards, clothing, rattles, bentwood boxes, and other items. > more info

Ruby Creek Art Gallery – Agassiz
Located on scenic Highway 7 between the towns of Agassiz and Hope, the Ruby Creek Art Gallery features an extraordinary collection of Pacific Northwest Native art which includes limited edition prints, gold and silver carved jewelry, hand carved boxes, chests, and plaques, handcrafted drums, soapstone and textiles. > more info

Spirit Eagle Experiences – Ahousat
Located in Ahousat, the Spirit Eagle Experience features an artist’s studio where guests can purchase art – totems, carvings, paintings and more – directly from working artists. > more info

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre – Whistler
Whistler’s Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre showcases the unique styles of Squamish and Lil’wat and other BC First Nations artists, featuring original artwork, exquisite jewelry, hand-carved artworks, ceremonial masks, cedar baskets, wool weavings, moccasins, limited-edition prints, and more. > more info

U’mista Cultural Centre – Alert Bay
The U’mista Cultural Centre Gift Shop on Vancouver Island is internationally known for its wide selection of authentic Kwakwaka’wakw fine art, crafts and souvenirs, including original masks, carvings, paintings, and prints. > more info


And remember to look for shops that sell Authentic Indigenous products. This is an initiative aimed at promoting and supporting authentic Indigenous artworks in the retail and wholesale marketplace. With this program, you’re always sure that the keepsake, gift or unique present you’ve purchased is a true Aboriginal cultural work of art.

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Haida carvings and poles by Christian White

> Haida Heritage Centre at at Ḵay Llnagaay