Ottawa Indigenous group looking for new home market space

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In western Ottawa and on the edge of downtown is the Bronson Center.

Hidden inside where a high school once stood is a market run by a group of indigenous youth, the Assembly of Seven Generations.

However, leave your money at home – this market does not accept money. They trade goods with the intention of restoring the old ways of trading goods.

“For me, that’s the discovery in the eyes of so many when they walk in,” said Madeleine Ienerahtahawai Kelly, who helps run the market.

The 20-year-old says priority is given to Indigenous youth and their families.

At the market you will find items such as hunted meats, special fish and traditional products harvested from the land, as well as traditional clothing.

The market started in March, but the lease for the space is in place in January. The organizers hope to find a new space to continue the trading experience they organize every Monday.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger … we need support,” said Gabrielle Fayant, co-founder of A7G.

The group has been around for quite some time in Ottawa, starting in 2014 from Idle No More. Since then, he has created a safe space for indigenous youth to connect with others and reconnect with their culture.

“Sometimes we have as many as 50 people pulling up and we can’t fit in here because of COVID,” Fayant said.

The grassroots organization launched the appeal on social media, hoping to raise $ 100,000. Much of the money goes towards leasing new space to keep the market alive.

“We would really like a space with a kitchen so that we can cook together,” said Fayant.

With current revelations in Canadian history, a safe space like this is more critical than ever.

“It gave me so much purpose in life and rekindled who I was meant to be,” Kelly said.

More information on how to donate can be found at the Seven Generations Assembly website.


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