Kanesatake Business and Economic Development has issued a callout for local businesses interested in participating in a public market.
“The purpose of the callout is a continuation of our journey in connecting with the local business community and canvassing as we continue to establish ourselves as the tourism development team,” said Caira Nicholas, the organization’s tourism development officer.
More details on the possible market are still to come, but interest in the initiative has been high.
“So far, the response has been great,” said Nicholas. “Many business owners have plans to grow in the future, so we are doing what we can to help encourage that growth.”
Nicholas said there are many talented entrepreneurs in Kanesatake, and a public market is one way the office could help ensure they are empowered to succeed. It is one goal of the tourism development team to inform outside communities of what Kanesatake has to offer, and an initiative like this could help build those relationships.
When Jadyn Nicholas Lauder saw the callout, she recognized an opportunity to assist local businesses by calling their attention to it.
“It is very important that we support local businesses first and try to give them the opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Lauder.
Lauder, a Kanesatake Health Center (KHC) employee, was the event coordinator for that organization’s Family Day festivities on July 1, which included booths for local businesses. Lauder said the experience introduced her to a few businesses for the first time.
“Having local markets to support our small and local businesses is so important because it allows the money to be generated in the community and we can create our own economy through these services,” she said.
“I think it will also encourage the younger generation to become interested in entrepreneurship and can create bigger and better businesses in Kanesatake in the future.”
Tekahentakwa Myrna Gabriel, owner of Myrna’s Beaded Bling, is interested in participating in the market.
“A public market is good for exposure,” said Gabriel. “It’s a good way to diversify the local economy and make an opportunity to showcase the talented artists, craftspeople, and tradesmen that our community has, and not so much exclusively for the cannabis and tobacco industry.”
She believes language issues also make public markets in Kanesatake an important contribution to local life.
A lot of nearby municipalities have public markets local business owners can participate in, but since many Kanehsata’kehró:non are not fluent in French, it can hinder their ability to participate and answer questions for customers.
“If we can have more opportunities for people to showcase their services or products, we can stop buying so much on the outside and try to create more revenue in our hometown,” said Lauder.
The deadline to register for the market is August 8.
Marcus Bankuti, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door