Niska Artisans, which recently became available at MCC Ontario's Kitchener officer, has now flown to Niagara.
Niska (which means Goose in the Cree language) is a social enterprise, working in the North of Ontario with a mandate to educate, to supplement the income of more than 30 Indigenous artisans and their families; and to preserve a way of life for the communities living along the west coast of James Bay.
Mennonite Central Committee Ontario has long recognized the importance of income earned by Indigenous artisans in Ontario's North East. It is for this very reason that MCC Ontario and community partners have worked to establish a presence for Aboriginal Artisans, providing them visibility in the north and now in the Niagara region.
On April 24 and 25, Lyndsay Mollins Koene, MCC Ontario's Indigenous Neighbours Coordinator, shared Niska with volunteers, staff and customers at the Christian Benefit Shop in St. Catharines and Port Thrift Shop in Port Colborne. Guests enjoyed bannock and refreshments and had the opportunity to view and purchase hand made Niska product including moccasins, gloves and earrings.
In Niagara, Niska products are now available to purchase at the St. Catharines office of Mennonite Central Committee, Unit 22, 595 Carlton Street.