Indigenous craft market returning to Timmins museum

Niska Noël, a celebration of Indigenous craftwork and culture, is returning to Timmins this year.

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre is partnering with Mennonite Central Committee to bring a display of fair-trade products from about 15 local Indigenous artisans.

The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at the museum. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Molly McTiernan, museum development and marketing co-ordinator, said the first Niska Noël was held in 2019, and it was a huge success with hundreds of people attending.

She said the museum hopes to continue running it in the future.

At the event, artisans from Timmins and the coastal communities will be selling their craft, artwork, soapstone carvings, moccasins, leatherwork, jewelry and beadwork.

An elder will be doing a prayer, and a local group will be drumming. Some artists will be doing live demonstrations of dreamcatcher, beading and carving. There will also be free bannock on a stick.

“They’re unique crafts, you’re not going to find that anywhere else. The quality is one of a kind,” McTiernan said. “Beautiful quality work.”

All COVID-19 regulations will be followed. Vendors and visitors will be required to show proof of double vaccination with a piece of photo identification to attend the event.

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

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