Indigenous Holiday Shopping Guide

By Mackenzie Brown

'Tis the season for holiday shopping! Looking for unique souvenirs and gifts in Edmonton? With a rich Indigenous culture and history, there are plenty of local artisans selling their handmade items in the city. With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to support local and Indigenous artists by purchasing their beadwork, handicrafts and more. These local artisans make gift giving easy!

I.A.M.Collective

The Indigenous Artisans Market Collective (I.A.M.Collective) is a community of 42 local Indigenous creatives, with members from varying nations across Turtle Island. They operate year-round on every Saturday and Sunday at the Downtown Farmers Market, and can be found at almost every Edmonton festival.

This year, the collective is hosting Edmonton’s largest all Indigenous Holiday Market from November 30 to December 1 at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre. This holiday market will not only have over 40 Indigenous artists and crafters but will also feature live performances and a fashion show.

Indigenous Empowerment Collective

The Indigenous Empowerment Collective is composed of 9 local Indigenous fashion designers who are from various backgrounds including Cree, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Navajo, Cherokee, Dene, Maori and Métis. The collective hosts a variety of fashion shows throughout the year, and their next show will be on November 30 during the I.A.M Collective’s Indigenous Holiday Market!

Indigenous Artisans Holiday Market

Join the University of Alberta's Métis Settlements Life Skills Journey Project in celebrating the holidays, and supporting Indigenous artists at their 4th annual Indigenous Artisans Holiday Market! The market is on November 21 at Bay Enterprise Square from 11:00am - 2:00pm. This market has a diverse selection of handmade work from local artisans and Indigenous organizations.

The Grow Centre

The Grow Centre on Whyte Avenue is an Indigenous run co-working and workshop space. The owner and operator (also the owner of Nikawiy Handmade) often has pop-up shops throughout the year featuring local Indigenous artists. Follow them on social media and stay tuned for the next pop-up!

There are many more local Indigenous artisans in Edmonton who aren’t a part of collectives but are very active on social media. Be sure to look around Facebook and Instagram for other Indigenous artists and handcrafters to follow. Happy shopping!