Indigenous art is a way of connecting to the artists, hearing their stories, listening to their passions, and seeing the world through their eyes. There are so many great galleries, artists, artisans and products that can be used, worn or displayed in so many different ways. Discover, learn, listen, view (and even purchase) beautiful art showcased from coast to coast to coast from First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists whose craft has been passed down through generations.
Yvonne Jobin, the owner of Moonstone Creations, opened this family-run Indigenous art gallery in Calgary, Alberta with her late daughter, Amy Willier, which now represents over sixty Indigenous makers and artisans from across Canada, including the traditional art made and sold in-store. Moonstone Creations also offers online classes where you can learn to bead, sew moccasins, or make drums. Packages are sent to you with a video that allows you to learn about and make your product at your own pace.
We were deeply saddened to share the tragic news that Amy Willier, a Cree artisan and entrepreneur, who ran Moonstone Creation in Calgary alongside her mother Yvonne Jobin, passed away in early 2021. Willier was a shining light in the Indigenous community, always excited to pass on teachings of traditional art and craft, a true champion of her culture.
Transformation Fine Art
Sophia Lebessis, owner of Transformation Fine Art, Calgary’s first Inuk-owned Inuit art gallery, shares tradition, culture and motivation from an Inuit perspective. By appointment only, stop by this incredible gallery that showcases the Inuit’s imagination through the next generation of art promoters.
I-Hos Gallery, located in Courtenay, British Columbia, invites you to browse their stunning collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast art. First Nations culture is expressed through their art. “We are all different and have unique legends to share with those who stop to listen,” says Romana Johnson, gallery manager. I-Hos Gallery directly deals with all of the artists featured throughout their gallery and website. The stories are authentic and the art is one-of-a-kind.
Located in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Aurora Heat produces handmade, natural and reusable hand, foot and body warmers from sustainably harvested sheared beaver fur. One dollar from every product purchased is contributed to on-the-land initiatives for Indigenous youth, educators and Knowledge Keepers.
The Wanuskewin gift shop houses authentic handmade items by artisans that represent First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples from coast to coast to coast. With a wide selection of unique products, they strive to celebrate Indigenous culture as it lives today. Wanuskewin supports fair-paid, skilled artists for their work. Purchases from their gift shop allow artisans to continue practicing their traditions and pass those teachings to the next generation.
Slip your foot into something cosy! Visit Josée Leblanc at the Atelier-Boutique Atikuss in Quebec and learn about how they use natural materials from an environmentally-responsible hunt and support Indigenous women artists. Choose from custom-designed Hopeboots or select stylish moccasins to keep warm, year-round.