Housed by Mennonite Central Committee's Indigenous Neighbours program, Niska Artisans took flight in 2007 and supports Indigenous artisans in First Nations and communities stretching across northeastern Ontario. The Niska program is hosted on the traditional Lands of the Cree and Anishinaabe peoples, today Mattagami, Flying Post, Matachewan and Wahgoshig.  This Land is part of Treaty 9, James Bay Treaty 1905/06.

Niska products are one-of-a-kind, made with traditional techniques, quality materials, and dedication.

This fair trade program seeks to both educate patrons about the unique cultures in Ontario’s far north and works to preserve a way of life that is being lost. “Niska” is Cree for goose; the life-giver for hunters in northern First Nations.

“The Artisans strive to keep their culture and traditions alive through their hand-made products and teaching from their ancestors and elders.”

Helen Kataquapit

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