Circle of Eagles Trading Post is an online and retail store owned and operated by Circle of Eagles Lodge Society, a not-for-profit Indigenous organization located on the Coast Salish territory.
The Trading Post creates opportunities for Brothers and Sisters who are re-integrating from the justice system, as well as others in the community, to participate in the local economy. Our hope is to introduce their artwork into new markets generating fair value.
Circle of Eagles Trading Post (COETP) is operated by the Circle of Eagles Lodge Society whos’ main mandate is to assist federally released Indigenous Brothers and Sisters successfully make the transition into the community. Many are talented artists and craftspeople, with limited resources who are not well connected with the existing distribution channels and markets. As a result, their work often becomes a commodity for which they do not receive fair value. The Trading Post ensures that makers and artists are treated with respect and paid a fair price for their work.
The Trading Post acts as an intermediary connecting these artists with the marketplace through both on-line and store front retail channels and will create new partnerships with existing businesses in the market to better connect artists with retail buyers. It is also a source of fairly priced arts supplies as well as cultural and traditional materials that are difficult to source in the urban environment.
The Trading Post complements and contributes to existing Circle of Eagles programs that offer training, mentoring, and employment readiness, in a culturally relevant safe space for program participants.
To learn more about Circle of Eagles Lodge Society please visit www.coels.ca