June is National Indigenous History Month!
So we would like to introduce a favourite First Nation's artist of ours...
Maxine Noel is an internationally renowned Native visual artist and mentor with a career spanning more than 35 years.
Born on the Birdtail Reserve in Manitoba, Maxine Noel has lived in Stratford with her daughter for more than 20 years. She believes that there is a common bond that links all cultures of the world, and she continues to work tirelessly to bridge the gap between Native and non-Native communities. Her dedication, commitment, strength and self-determination make her a valuable role model.
In September 2016, First Nations leaders and federal cabinet ministers came together to honour Maxine’s artistry and contributions to raising public awareness of the Canadian crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. "Not Forgotten" expresses the terrible history of the lives of Indigenous women and girls, as well as resilience and hope for reconciliation and redress. Maxine gifted the original painting to the Native Women’s Association of Canada in order to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the important work needed to accomplish this reconciliation.
We proudly carry her beautiful art in functional forms such as wallets, purses & notebooks. You can also buy all of her art in prints & cards.
Maxine is not the only First Nation's artists' products we carry!
We carry a variety of artists in different products from stickers, patches, accessories and more! We are very committed to supporting First Nation's artists in selling their products because we know this way that they are being properly & directly compensated and it enables us to circulate their message and beautiful artworks to our community.
We are open with a capacity of 10 people at a time! So come down and check what we offer in the way of her products!
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