On November 27 and 28, the Aboriginal Artworks Group of Northern Ontario will present their 19th annual Christmas fine arts and crafts gift show and sale. The event—which is the largest gathering of Indigenous artisans in Northern Ontario—is taking place at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition.

“We have artisans coming from the isolated northern First Nation communities, such as Sandy Lake, Bearskin Lake, Webequie, Summer Beaver [Nibinamik], and Lansdowne House [Neskantaga], as well as Manitoulin Island, London, Toronto, Sudbury, Kapuskasing, and Winnipeg,” says event organizer John Ferris.  There will be over 65 tables showcasing a variety of work.

“We will have a large variety of artwork, including moccasins, mukluks, jewelry, mitts, purses, apparel, paintings, soapstone carvings, antler carvings, wood carvings, blankets, and more,” says Ferris.

Although there is an ATM on site, shoppers are encouraged to bring cash. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at 425 Northern Avenue. COVID protocols will be in place.