Indigenous Shopping Guide
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. Support local and Indigenous artists by purchasing their beadwork, handicrafts and more. These local artisans make gift giving easy!
This article was created with contributions by Mackenzie Brown and Corina Hollingworth.
Do you love Indigenous fine art? Then the Bearclaw Gallery is a must-see. The Bearclaw gallery carries a variety of Canadian First Nations, Métis and Inuit art– from paintings, to sculptures to crafts and gifts. This gallery also features works from internationally acclaimed Indigenous artists including Alex Janvier, Maxine Noel, Norval Morriseau, Aaron Paquette, Jason Carter and more!
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.
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!
Elk Island National Park Visitor Centre
Elk Island National Park’s visitor centre is one of the first Parks Canada visitor centres to sell local Indigenous work! Elk Island works with surrounding tribes and urban artisans to sell their products at the gift shop year-round. Make sure to check it out the next time you head that way to see the bison!
Indigenous Interpretive and Retail Centre at YEG
Discover Indigenous culture and authentic Indigenous-made products at the Indigenous Interpretive and Retail Centre, located near Gate 64 at the YEG International Airport! The centre aims to bring Indigenous culture to life and promote a deeper sense of place within the terminal. Immerse yourself in an interactive cultural journey and learn about Indigenous history.
Pe Metawe Games
This Indigenous-owned retail gaming space carries a range of tabletop RPGs, board games, card games and accessories for purchase. Pe Metawe Games also has two private gaming spaces available for rent and a community gaming space!
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!
Kookum's House is a retail and educational brick and mortar business based in Edmonton that provides quality, handmade, organically and locally sourced smudge kits, sprays, candles. Discover a wide array of products along with educational workshops & tutorials on ceremony protocols and proper use of the four medicines.
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Indigenous Peoples Experience Kiosk at Fort Edmonton Park
Located near the Gathering Place in the Indigenous Peoples Experience, this is the perfect way to cap off a day of adventure with some shopping! Featuring items crafted by First Nations and Métis makers, you're sure to find something special to take home.
Whiskeyjack Art House
Visit Whiskeyjack Art House, where you can support Indigenous arts, artisans, and cultural experiences, all while shopping at a locally owned and operated boutique! The gallery is Indigenous owned and operated and supports local businesses that prioritize the environment and all its living relatives. Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture while making a positive impact for the community.
Tee Pee Treats
Tee Pee Treats Indigenous Cuisine is a 100% Indigenous owned business that serves contemporary bannock infused dishes in downtown Edmonton! Try the Bannock Burgers, Bannock Donairs, and other favourites like Indigenous Bannock Tacos, Bannock Pizza Pops, and Bannock Fries.
Royal Alberta Museum Gift Store
The Royal Alberta Museum’s gift shop is a great place to shop for unique gifts. More than half of the store is filled with local and Indigenous products from all over Alberta. You can find several local, Edmonton-based artisans' work including Cree-Ative Designs and Metisgirlbeads.
Ôte Nîkân Papaschase Petro Canada
Ôte Nîkân Papaschase Petro Canada (located on Calgary Trail between 23 Avenue and 34 Avenue) is the first Indigenous owned gas station in Edmonton. However, it is much more than just a gas station! Ôte Nîkân has a huge selection of locally handmade Indigenous artisan work for purchase. So next time you’re gassing up, make sure to stop by.
Samson Native Gallery
Samson Native Gallery showcases a variety of works from renowned Canadian First Nations artisans including paintings, sculptures, prints, handcrafted jewellery and more. Found in West Edmonton Mall, they carry an assortment of clothing and fashion accessories including mukluks, scarves, and blankets as well as giftware, kitchenware, and traditional items.
Indigenous Box is a subscription service that helps you fall in love with fabulous Indigenous-made products from across Turtle Island! Choose from the seasonal plan (4 boxes per year), buy a single box, or send a box as a gift. Each special package contains a selection of unique items from Indigenous brands, artists and artisans.
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!