New Westminster, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to announce that New West Craft will be partnering with Shop First Nations to host an Indigenous Market on Saturday, June 11 on the boardwalk at Westminster Quay on the traditional territories of the Qayqayt First Nation.
The New West Craft Indigenous Market aims to bolster First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and small businesses by encouraging consumers to invest in Indigenous made art, goods, and services. By introducing the community to local Indigenous artisans and entrepreneurs, the event hopes to foster a connection through food, art, and craft and create relationship-building and learning opportunities.
“As an Indigenous business located in New Westminster, we appreciate the Arts Council's commitment to providing opportunities for Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses located in and near our community,” explains the owner of Shop First Nations, Rob Schulz.
“It is through opportunities like this that, we believe, demonstrate how Canadians and community organizations can contribute to economic reconciliation and growing the Indigenous economy – in support of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Call-To-Action #92,”
– Shop First Nations
The event will run 11am to 4pm and feature over 25 vendors stretched out along the boardwalk in front of River Market. The event also included live performances from Storyteller Kung Jaadee and musicians Norine Braun and Francis Batiste.
Indigenous Craft Market Details
- Date: Jun 11, 2022
- Time: 11am to 4pm
- Location: River Market (Westminster Quay), 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC
- Website: www.acnw.ca/newwestcraft
- Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1193008474830370/
Program Manager, Arts Council of New Westminster
About Shop First Nations
Shop First Nations is an Indigenous-owned digital platform seeking to enable Reconciliation through impactful consumer purchasing, e-commerce and digital marketing, and education initiatives. Our mission is to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses by encouraging consumers to invest in Indigenous goods and services, and supporting such businesses in the digital economy while honoring the Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls to action.
You can follow Shop First Nations on Instagram, Facebook, or by joining our Facebook group for supporting Indigenous businesses in BC.
About the Arts Council of New Westminster
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.