Indigenous-themed art lines the shelves of souvenir and other shops across Canada, from mini plastic totem poles to dreamcatchers, carved masks and more. But no one knows how much of the art sold in tourist shops and galleries is actually made by or in collaboration with Indigenous artists.
Artists and advocates say that when Indigenous artists are left out of making their own art, it harms their culture while taking profits from Indigenous artists who are trying to make a living.
So we’re asking you to help us investigate.
Help us determine the authenticity of Indigenous art sold near you. This video shows you how:
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