Indigenous Programming Traditional Teachings at Grow

Education , Health + Wellness , Social Business , Art , Build Her Business , COVID-19
Edmonton

C$390

C$390
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Funded Of C$8,000 Goal
5% Raised
Education,Health + Wellness,Social Business,Art,Build Her Business,COVID-19 Category
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Key Pendant

Key Pendant

Pledge: C$17.00
Key pendant of leather strap, please specify bronze or silver colour.
Key pendant of leather strap, please specify bronze or silver colour.
Pledge: C$17.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-10
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Tooled leather bookmark

Tooled leather bookmark

Pledge: C$15.00
Hand tooled bookmark, deerhide.
Hand tooled bookmark, deerhide.
Pledge: C$15.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-01
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Soothing Eye Pad

Soothing Eye Pad

Pledge: C$25.00
Rice filled with either: Organic lavendar, hand picked Sage, hand picked Cedar, hand picked Sweetgrass. All medicines collected with proper protocol.
Rice filled with either: Organic lavendar, hand picked Sage, hand picked Cedar, hand picked Sweetgrass. All medicines collected with proper protocol.
Pledge: C$25.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-10
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First Nation Wholistic Fragrances

First Nation Wholistic Fragrances

Pledge: C$35.00
Choose from Fire, Water, Earth, Sacred Sound, Chiyam, Miwah.
Choose from Fire, Water, Earth, Sacred Sound, Chiyam, Miwah.
Pledge: C$35.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-01
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Moose Hide Fringe Earrings

Moose Hide Fringe Earrings

Pledge: C$55.00
Perfect for your sweetheart, or a gift just for you. Home tanned hide smell's oh-so good!! 3", sterling silver earrings.
Perfect for your sweetheart, or a gift just for you. Home tanned hide smell's oh-so good!! 3", sterling silver earrings.
Pledge: C$55.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-03
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Workshop or Class

Workshop or Class

Pledge: C$55.00
Join us for a beading or jewellery making class!
Join us for a beading or jewellery making class!
Pledge: C$55.00
Estimated Delivery: 0000-00-00
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"Bead Soup" Pendant and Earring

"Bead Soup" Pendant and Earring

Pledge: C$60.00
Memory wire, beads, deer lacing. Sterling silver earring findings.
Memory wire, beads, deer lacing. Sterling silver earring findings.
Pledge: C$60.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-10
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Druzy and Sterling Silver Necklace

Druzy and Sterling Silver Necklace

Pledge: C$65.00
Druzy and Sterling Silver Necklace approximately 30"
Druzy and Sterling Silver Necklace approximately 30"
Pledge: C$65.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-10
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Cedar lapel or hat pin/

Cedar lapel or hat pin/

Pledge: C$75.00
Approximately 2" diameter, home tanned hide, cedar, and miyuki beads.
Approximately 2" diameter, home tanned hide, cedar, and miyuki beads.
Pledge: C$75.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-01
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Sponsor a Class and Materials

Sponsor a Class and Materials

Pledge: C$75.00
Sponsor a community member for a class, including supplies.
Sponsor a community member for a class, including supplies.
Pledge: C$75.00
Estimated Delivery: 0000-00-00
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Sterling Silver Amethyst Necklace

Sterling Silver Amethyst Necklace

Pledge: C$75.00
Sterling silver amethyst necklace. Approximately 26".
Sterling silver amethyst necklace. Approximately 26".
Pledge: C$75.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-10
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Beaded Flower Pin

Beaded Flower Pin

Pledge: C$85.00
Custom 2" beaded flower either in a poppy or colour of your choice. 2 week delivery required.
Custom 2" beaded flower either in a poppy or colour of your choice. 2 week delivery required.
Pledge: C$85.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-27
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Toddler Beaded Moccasin Deer Hide and Beaver Trim

Toddler Beaded Moccasin Deer Hide and Beaver Trim

Pledge: C$130.00
6-7" long, miyuki beads, commercial deer hide and beaver trim.
6-7" long, miyuki beads, commercial deer hide and beaver trim.
Pledge: C$130.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-01
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Sponsor a Birthing Class

Sponsor a Birthing Class

Pledge: C$150.00
Sponsor a birth class.
Sponsor a birth class.
Pledge: C$150.00
Estimated Delivery: 0000-00-00
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Custom Made traditional tanned, beaver trim moccasin.

Custom Made traditional tanned, beaver trim moccasin.

Pledge: C$450.00
Your choice of size, beadwork colour, metis floral pattern on home-tanned moose hide. 1 month lead time.
Your choice of size, beadwork colour, metis floral pattern on home-tanned moose hide. 1 month lead time.
Pledge: C$450.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-03-13
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Campaign Description

Grow Centre Cowork and Teaching Space Mandate Learn, Create, and Connect. At Grow Centre we create an inclusive community where our members, and guests can learn, teach, create and connect in a culturally safe environment. We do that by supporting our members, educators and elders in an environment that is safe for cultural practices, trauma informed learning, and vibrant self expression. Grow Centre Cowork and Teaching Space operated by Paul and Tracy Bradley for 7 years. Tracy has fostered relationships with various knowledge keepers, elders and community groups.

Who are we?

Tracy Bradley is a multi-disciplinary artist, birth worker and director at Grow Centre .  She is of Cree-Metis and European settler descent.  Her recent work included being Community Coordinator at Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre. Tracy’s practice involves community building, investigation of traditional materials in contemporary styles, and revolves around creating and supporting opportunities for learning and sharing of traditional skills. She works primarily in hide, beads, sculpted wool, natural stones, fur, birch bark, textiles, acrylic, watercolour, ink and oils.  Tracy is a member of the IAM – Indigenous Artists Market Collective. Tracy was born and raised in Edmonton, and her Scottish Metis family roots connect to Turtle Mountain, St. Paul de Metis, and Red River Settlements.

We provide a safe space for all people including indigenous, two spirit, queer, and ally community members to cowork, learn, create and connect. In our open workspace and our workshop space, we organize and hold space for work, art events & shows, teachings, classes, community circles and other community events. We are here for community members, organizations and elders to share knowledge, work and teach in a culturally safe and inclusive space. These include crafting and knowledge circles with Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, knowledge keeper Roxanne Tootoosis, and Indigenous Birth of Alberta. Other full time members include QUILTBAG, and 2 spirit artist Lance Cardinal, as well as Tracy Bradley's work with Nikawiy Handmade and Indigenous Birth of Alberta.  We have relationships with many artists, creatives, indigenous and metis community members, knowledge keepers and elders. 

We have a reputation for kindness, connection, knowledge and commitment of several years. We run community circles, events and teachings in a culturally safe place. We have several vibrant communities growing and thriving in our space, with a focus on growing our support of indigenous art and space. We do so when engaged, in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood in Edmonton. This is a welcoming neighbourhood with precious little indigenous representation. We are proud to provide indigenous representation and space south of the river in Edmonton. 

How COVID-19 has impacted us

Grow Centre has been significantly impacted by the gathering restrictions related to the Covid19 pandemic.  Our centre has experienced a substantial decrease in revenues, and requires funds to bring our programming online while we await the go-ahead from Alberta Health to resume gathering in person.  We have been privileged to receive some capital from the Tegan and Sara Foundation for our work with the indigenous and LGBTQ2S peoples living in Edmonton, as well as Indigenous Tourism Alberta, which has kept our administrative costs covered.  We require funds to honourarium, protocol, helpers, food and to cover kits to online participants, to continue learning and gathering in the way we can at this time.  We will teach beading, moccasin making, jewellery making,  indigenous birth mentorship training, and sewing classes, and will be providing materials at low to no-fee to our community members.

Why we need your help!

We are requesting funding for our indigenous skills and traditional knowledge programming. We have several programs that we run including, traditional indigenous birth, fine craft, and knowledge sharing socials for the two spirit community which provide teachings on beading, sewing traditional garments and knowledge sharing. We bring in elders with protocol and pay to teach on ribbon skirt making, star blanket making, moss bag making and more. Our timeline is running 5 weekly classes online, and in person as dictated by Alberta Health, for three different groups in the community April through December of 2021. Our current reach is 8000 people per year, and we anticipate being able to double our capacity. With the funding requested we anticipate being able to cover supply and protocol for ourelders, and supplies for our participants. We will measure the value and impact by knowing that by sharing traditional knowledge in an urban setting, we are giving skills and traditions back to each family of each person we serve. There is immeasurable pride in gaining this knowledge to a fragmented and often isolated community. Many of these skills were lost due to residential schools and the foster care system, and our aim is to give a sense of community to these families as they claim their culture. We will address the root cause of the problem by bringing knowledge and awareness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, specifically those rooted in culture, language, and more. These include 21, 62, 66, 83, and more as our capacity builds. Please see the Calls to Action here httptrc.caassetspdfCalls_to_Action_English2.pdf.  Grow Centre, is located in amiskwacwskahikan Edmonton Alberta on Treaty six territory and the homeland of Mtis Nation of Alberta, Region 4. 

Meet the Team

Tracy Bradley

Tracy Bradley

Director

Tracy Bradley is a multi-disciplinary artist, birth worker and director at Grow Centre . She is of Cree-Metis and European descent. Her work also involves being Community Coordinator at Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre. Tracy’s practice involves community building, investigation of traditional materials in contemporary styles, and revolves around creating and supporting opportunities for learning and sharing of traditional skills. She works primarily in hide, beads, sculpted wool, natural stones, fur, birch bark, textiles, acrylic, watercolour, ink and oils. Tracy is a member of the IAM – Indigenous Artists Market Collective. Tracy was born and raised in Edmonton, and her Scottish Metis family roots connect to Turtle Mountain, St. Paul de Metis, and Red River Settlements.
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