After great success last fall, the Katarowki Market is reopening for the 2022 season, coinciding with Indigenous History month; a time to highlight the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of Indigenous People in our community. Beginning Sunday, June 12 and recurring every Sunday through to September 25, the Katarokwi Indigenous Art & Food Market will highlight local Indigenous artists, artisans and musicians. The market is the only of its kind in Eastern Ontario.
Featured market vendors include Bougie Birch, a 100 per cent Indigenous owned and operated retail showcase of Indigenous artists; Martin’s Bead and Craft Supplies; Flint and Maple Beadwork, featuring handmade beadwork by local Katarokwi and Kanyen’kehá:ka artist, Liv Rondeau; Cadue Fine Foods; and W.C. Creatives, an Indigenous-owned boutique that also has a storefront at Kingston’s Fort Henry.
Kingston/Katarokwi is located on the traditional lands of the Huron-Wendat and the Mississauga of the Ojibways. To the local Indigenous Peoples, this city has long been known as Katarokwi, meaning “a place where there is clay.” In Anishinaabemowin, it is “Gaadanokwii.” In Mohawk, it is “Ken’tarókwen.”
Kingston continues to have a strong Indigenous presence and voice as caretakers of the land and water. Kingston/Katarokwi acknowledges the everlasting presence of Indigenous nations, the Métis, Inuit and other First Nations, and is grateful to reside in and visit this territory.
Other Indigenous experiences in Kingston and its surrounding area to explore:
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is home to an extensive Indigenous art collection comprising significant works in various media by First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists, as well as international Indigenous artists and communities.
Lake Ontario Park is the site of a living public artwork, Manidoo Ogitigan (Spirit Garden), by artist Terence Radford. The garden reflects the journey of the Mississauga Nation and the contemporary cultural identity of Alderville First Nation.
Visit Tourism Kingston’s website for more information on the Katarowki Market, including the up-to-date performance schedule.