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Montreal project protects Inuit carvers from getting ripped off – Nunatsiaq Online

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 2018261 Views

Open Door shelter lets carvers keep 100 per cent of their sales

January 26, 2018

MONTREAL—John Awa carves inuksuks in the basement of the Open Door shelter in Montreal.

Clothes, hands and face covered in dust, he has three carvings completed by the early afternoon and will try to sell his work before the evening.

Throughout the 11 years he has lived in Montreal, he would mostly go to galleries in the tourist-populated Old Montreal area to make money, but starting last spring, he’s been trying a new approach.

Since then, Awa, and other Inuit carvers in Montreal, prefer selling their work directly through the Open Door, where the shelter runs a project aimed at helping the carvers build financial independence.

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