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Remember your experience of Indigenous land, people, and culture and support Indigenous artists and business owners. Ensure your souvenir contributes to the livelihood of Indigenous artists by shopping at Indigenous-owned gift shops, where education and respect are priorities. Respectful relationships with expert carvers, jewellers, and painters allow shop owners to provide cultural and contextual knowledge to the public about traditional and modern Indigenous art.

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Skwachays Lodge

shopping, indigenous culture, hotels, art galleries

shopping, indigenous culture, hotels, art galleries

Skwachys Lodge is Canadas first Indigenous Arts Hotel and has diligently worked to provide guests with first-class services and a platform to showcase local Indigenous art and culture. At the street level, the Urban Indigenous Fair Trade Gallery features Indigenous artwork which includes original paintings, framed limited edition prints, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, giftware and so much more, purchasing most of its original work from local artists. Eighteen one-of-a-kind guest suites designed by local Indigenous artists and Vancouver interior designers tell stunning visual stories about First Nations culture and feature original artwork created by the participating artists. Skwachys Lodge Hotel and Gallery is a social enterprise that provides funding for 24 living and work studios for an "Artist in Residence" program in our building. Owned and operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), a registered non-profit charity governed by an all-Indigenous Board of Directors, Skwachys Lodge is the CEO David Eddy's innovative alternative to government funding for social housing.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Vancouver

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Gift 'N Gab Trading Post

indigenous culture, shopping

indigenous culture, shopping

Thompson Okanagan

Barriere

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Indigenous Artists' Market

indigenous culture, shopping

indigenous culture, shopping

Through the collaboration of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre and Treaty 8 Tribal Association, the Indigenous Artist Market was created as an outlet for local Indigenous and First Nation(s) artisans. Here they are able to sell their pieces as well as hold workshops to teach their craft. In addition, the market has gifts and souvenirs that promotes First Nation(s) culture and traditions. Due to COVID-19, the Indigenous Artists' Market will be open for sales within the limited hours as posted and will also be available for online orders. All forms of payment are still acceptable, including Visa/Mastercard/Debit/Cash.

Northern British Columbia

Fort St. John

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

shopping, museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture, art galleries, attractions

shopping, museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture, art galleries, attractions

The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-story, 30,400-square foot award-winning cultural centre designed to blend the traditional Squamish Longhouse with the Lil'wat Istken. Cultural Ambassadors share their knowledge and stories with guests, augmenting the information shared throughout the centre's curated collection of artifacts and contemporary pieces. Traditional drum songs are shared at the top of each hour. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This thriving cultural centre shares meaningful experiences, educating all, and lifts their two distinct cultures.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Whistler

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Copper Maker Gallery

indigenous culture, art galleries, shopping

indigenous culture, art galleries, shopping

Vancouver Island

Port Hardy

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U'mista Cultural Centre

shopping, indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

shopping, indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

U'mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression. The return of the potlatch artifacts not only provided U'mista's name ('the return of something important'), and sparked a general trend toward repatriation of First Nations and cultural artifacts, it caused the creation of a physical facility and human resources infrastructure which have been successfully operated for over two decades.U'mista now operates a modern museum and cultural education facility in Alert Bay. Their operations include the museum, an extensive art gallery and gift shop, group tours, and presentations by dance troupes.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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