Ohpahow Wawesecikiwak Arts Marketing Co-operative P2
A Catalyst for Renewal
When a community values and uses its own resources to address local social and economic issues, just one successful development can often be a catalyst for others. Buoyed by a sense of pride, accomplishment, and skills improvement, community members see possibilities for renewal in many areas.
The co-op is helping to improve economic and social conditions in the community as well as addressing cultural concerns. Members have had early success selling their products at trade shows. They have started a community garden to address the issue of food safety. They are developing a worker co-operative to offer employment opportunities. The achievements of Big River First Nation have become an inspiration to nearby communities, who now look to it for guidance in their own development activities.
“I expect this project to help the community and the people. I think this will preserve our culture and maybe educate people about our culture and break down some barriers and stereotypes facing our people today.” – Artisan, Ohpahow Wawesecikiwak Arts Marketing Co-operative
For more information about this project and to see the final report: Sharing our gifts: The Story of Ohpahow Wawesecikiwak Arts Marketing Co-operative Limited
Images courtesy Marie Prebushewski