Moccasins and Beading
The North End is full of talented artisans, skilled at painting, carving, leatherwork, and beadwork. At IFC our goal is to facilitate our community members to create traditional handcrafts. In addition to the joy found in creating such beautiful items the artists with be able to market their creations through a small “social enterprise” business we are developing. Partnering with the artisans, we will be selling handmade traditional moccasins, mukluks, quill earrings, and other unique handcrafts.
A social enterprise is a business owned by a non-profit organization that works both to achieve social, cultural, and/or environmental goals, and to generate income. It uses its power as a legitimate business to further the work and mission of the non-profit organization that runs it. There are many positive benefits to creating this social enterprise. Participants will engage in the arts, pass down traditional skills and knowledge and benefit economically. IFC will also gain economic stability, enhancing our ability to create a healthy North End neighborhood!
Partnering with our Funders makes this project possible. Huge thanks go to our generous personal investors, as well as our funders, the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA), and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet).
How to Get Involved
Our drop-in beading and handcraft workshops are open to anyone, of all skill levels! It is a time to drop in to IFC and learn a new skill, teach your expertise, and create together as a community.
Traditional Handcraft Workshops are generally held Mondays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, and Wednesdays from 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM. Please see our monthly Events Calendar (click here) to confirm the specific dates we are open. All are welcome!
IFC is excited to be hosting evening moccasin making workshops. If you are interested in registering for our next session contact Janessa Giesbrecht (204-586-8393) or drop into IFC (see map). See our Events Calendar (click here) for more details.
Private beading workshops can be arranged for your organization. Contact Janessa Hiebert to learn more.
Purchasing our Products
Purchasing our Products
We will be displaying and selling our goods online soon. These will be available for pick up from the Indigenous Family Centre, or can be shipped directly via Canada Post.
You can also purchase through seasonal craft shows in Winnipeg, and by hosting a fundraiser sale for us through your local church or community.
Janessa Giesbrecht is the Textile and Traditional Handcrafts Social Enterprise Coordinator for IFC. Her interest in social issues and international development led her to pursue schooling in Community Economic Development, as well as Apparel Design.
Excited about community-based economy, she is blessed by the opportunity to participate in its development at IFC. Sewing ever since her Grandmother put a needle and thread in her hands, if she isn’t to be found in front of textiles, looms, beads or leather, she will be out for a hike or paddling a canoe.
She is assisted by Cherie, a faithful volunteer who co-facilitates workshops, shares her wealth of expertise, and keeps us all laughing. All volunteers are welcome to come and see how they can best work with us!
Hosting a Fundraiser in your Church or Community
What responsibilities does that involve?
Running a fundraiser means that you are the champion for the IFC and Mashkiki Moccasins at your church or community!
Promoting and advertising for the fundraiser during the months of August and September
Collecting order forms and sending them to the Mashkiki Moccasins by September 15th, 2017
Distributing the orders once they have been completed and shipped to your church on November 30th, 2017, if your church or community is outside of Winnipeg
Liaising with Mashkiki Moccasins and the Indigenous Family Centre about details, payments, and questions.
How does this support Mashkiki Moccasins and the Indigenous Family Centre?
By running a fundraiser at your church, you have expanded the support customer base of our organization. All the money raised from our fundraiser goes directly back into the programming at the Indigenous Family Centre, and to the community members who helped craft the products we sell.