Indigenous Makers

Are you an Indigenous Maker, Creator, or Artist? This Masterclass was designed specifically for you!

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Mādahòkì Farm is proud to present the Indigenous Makers masterclass, available for artists and makers from across Ontario .

Part of the farm’s Indigenous Skills & Training Program, this 2 month paid entrepreneurial course will provide Indigenous participants with the techniques and skills needed to help build and scale their business to support full time employment.  

This masterclass is designed exclusively towards participants who want to build their business into a full time source of income.  You will have experienced mentors guiding your work and assistance to develop concrete skills to build a successful business

2022 Makers Graduates




Anita Fugere is a First Nations Status Ojibwe woman from the Pic Mobert reservation in the Thunder Bay District. She is a fabric designer and creator and her business is called AUNTIE NEET’s CREATIONS as she creates everything with an aunties touch filled with handmade love and care. Anita’s Indian name is Gray Wolf Woman and her Spirit Animal Clan is Hawks. Colors have very strong meaning in her work. Orange – Aboriginal, Teal – PTSD, Dark Green – Mental Health, Dark Purple – Fibromyalgia. The symbol in her logo represents suicide awareness. She has chosen to live through her past traumas and never give up. She says her “story is not over, it’s just beginning”


Cheyenne Staats is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River. Her business is called Konoronkhwa Creations. Konoronhkwa means “I love you” in Mohawk. Cheyenne creates custom beadwork with each piece made with the greatest intentions and love from her heart.
She also sells beading supplies and teaches others to create their own style of beadwork through her workshops.


The unique style and impact of First Nation fine artist Donald Chretien springs from his combined passion for colour and woodland-style expression. His ongoing exploration of his heritage has him concentrating on distinct features of Ojibwe clans using acrylic on canvas.


Evelyn Turner is a Cree crafter from a remote fly-in reserve along the James Bay coast in Ontario. She has been crafting since she was a young girl learning following the path of her mother. Although her specialty is earring having sold over 10,000 pairs over the last 12 years, she also makes necklaces, bracelets, medallions, hand painted t shirts, ribbon skirts and when she is able, purses and other accessories. She can be contacted through Facebook and Instagram @Handmade by Evelyn Turner.


Kaylee Smoke is a young mohawk artist from Akwesasne and the maker behind Smoke & Leaves. She discovered a love for fashion at a young age and therefore her business specializes in everything from beaded earrings and moccasins to ribbon skirts and shirts.

Kerri-Ann Koosees is Cree from Kashechewan FN. She creates beadwork & crafts, while baking bread to help support her family. She took a leap of faith and started her own business to provide an assortment of crafting kits for different healing journeys for those in her community and beyond. Her hope is to grow her business and bring awareness to Indigenous issues while helping her community, where & when she can.


Mariah Miigwans is an Algonquin First Nation from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec. She is proud to be a young Anishinabekwe woman from the Bear Clan and the people of the watershed. She is a a self-taught, multi-visual artist and has been crafting since 6 years old. She has been able to use different methods of art in various capacities to connect with people and to share and bring awareness to the values and teachings of Anishinabe ways of being. Mariah focuses on teachings of the land and coming back to Our Creation stories. Mariah uses art as a way of storytelling and expressing emotions through promoting healthy living through mind, body and spirit and the power and relationships of ‘giving back’.


Michelle St-Denis is an Algonquin Artist from Kebaowek First Nation. She began her artistic journey studying Fine Arts, followed by painting with acrylic. She uses vibrant expressive colours that she finds in nature, animals, and in her territory. She has a unique style and is always expressing. She has a passion to teach group painting classes where the artists create their own style. She has been a story teller and illustrator for children’s books.

Also, she recently had an opportunity to share her art on large posters to represent Algonquin territory.

Currently she is learning digital work and has done a logo for t-shirts. Art is a gift and she loves sharing it with others so they can also express their artistic side.


Victoria (Grant) Rozentals is an Indigenous artist living in Durham Region, Ontario. An Anishinaabe, Mi’Kmaq, Metis woman, who also honours her non-Indigenous ancestors from France and Scotland. Victoria has spent her life formally and informally training and creating art through various mediums, finally settling on pyrography as her specialty. Victoria practises healing through creating images of spirit guides as they appear to her in visions and dreams. Each item Victoria creates uses natural materials, is smudged with sage, and made with good intentions so that they may only bring good energy into the home.


Aurora Jade is a Plains Cree visual artist as well as a musician and workshop facilitator. She creates handmade Indigenous fine art, beading, accessories, leatherwork and clay sculptures.

Her artistic vision is to mix fine art with a unique graphic psychedelic style while incorporating Indigenous myths, legends and creatures. Aurora strives to create art and products suitable for all incomes, ages and genders.

Handles: Instagram @aurorajademusic Facebook Band Page: Aurora Jade


Kokumoon {kôhkom – grandmother Cree | mo͞on} is the creations, jewelry & beadwork of First Nation artist and founder Tracey Lynne Towedo, from Treaty 9 Territory (Aroland FN), creating on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation. She creates jewelry and art that connects the legacy and generations to the heart and home of mother nature, and the powerful love and wisdom of grandmother moon. Her work includes locally sourced materials from Mother Earth, pearls & shells from lake waters and great seas, precious metals and gemstones of powerful healing properties, empowering every spirit and all her unique creations.


Cami’s Creations is owned and operated by Celeste Larocque, proud mom to Cami. Celeste is a beadwork and ribbon skirt artist with a passion for baking. Her specialty is creating mommy and me items.


Kole Peplinskie is the artist behind Rustling Pine, a brand inspired by our relationship to land and to ourselves. Kole is a two spirit Anishinabe and uses a combination of beadwork and harvested herbs and medicines preserved in resin to create pieces that allow us to honor ourselves and the lands in which we come from.


Sherry Ann Rodgers is an Algonquin Anishinaabe artist and business owner emerging from Rapid Lake/Winneway. She is on the path of her own healing journey. She believes investing in art as an outlet to express oneself. She is also walking on the healing path of the larger community. The cause… spreading awareness, love and kindness. “That is my gift to everyone going through trauma, depression, addiction, abuse. It’s time to end the cycle of intergenerational trauma, sagiidizon” she says.


Nebin is a self taught bead artist, specialising in bead embroidery. Nebin designs and creates jewellery such as earrings, necklaces, brooches, watch bands, cuffs and hair barrettes. Through this medium, they love to work in 15/0, 13/0 and Delica’s as well, incorporating gemstones into some of their pieces to make a particular piece become more multi-dimensional. Nebin also does loom and off-loom work in a variety of stitch techniques and they love to explore other techniques, such as Zulu, Huichol and Gerdany Ukrainian Style.

Our first program ran for 2 weeks starting in November 2022. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming sessions in 2023.
Mādahòkì Farm
Indigenous Experiences
Knock on Wood Communications + Events
Friday March 25, 2022

Photo by Ashley Fraser

Participants in this program will:

  • Learn basic business techniques through online classes, zoom meetups and one on one mentoring
  • Develop your brand. What is your business about? What do you need to focus on? Moving your business to the next level
  • Learn and apply strong social media techniques and product photography 
  • Be paid to work on your art, craft or product during this 2 month period
  • Learn how to improve your website and web presence
  • Participate in group discussions with other “Makers” to share and exchange information and ideas. Blue sky strategizing
  • Receive advice regarding packaging, labeling and branding in order to grow your sales
  • Receive financial advice on pricing, banking, accounting and applying for grants 

Prospective students will be required to:

  • Submit a Letter of Intent and as to why you should be accepted into this exciting “Indigenous Makers” training program
  • Submit a current resume and/or background on your product

Trainees will be provided with a weekly living allowance and transportation costs. 14 days of training will take place at Mādahòkì Farm, 4420 West Hunt Club Rd. Ottawa and balance from home (with zoom).  Our first program started on Nov. 7th, 2022.