Victoriaville Mall is buzzing with shoppers that are finding unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that are rare and hand-made by First Nations artisans.
Mall manger Brian Phillips says this is the one time of the year for people from First Nation communities to travel to Thunder Bay to sell their fine arts that they have been creating throughout the year.
For many, it is their livelihood.
“There are 62 artisans here for the launch of the show and we are expecting more than 100 exhibitors and artisans by the end of the week,” he said.
Items for sale include leather and suede moccasins, gloves, hats, paintings, art work, jewelry and crafts, that are all hand-made by First Nations artisans from across Northern Ontario and Manitoba.
Funds raised through the sale of the artwork will go back to the communities as well as the artists.
“Victoriaville is thrilled to host the event because it brings the community together in a multicultural art event that showcases some of the finest aboriginal art work to be found,” said Phillips. “We are pushing community involvement here at Victoriaville and letting people know that we are the heart of the south core where people can come to shop, eat, meet, and experience cultural camaraderie with their neighbours.”
The sale and show will continue through the week until Saturday.