Vendor Terms, Conditions and Policies

How to be an IndigenARTSY vendor

To become an IndigenARTSY vendor, you must carry artist membership with the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada.

Not sure if you are a member? Search HERE.

Membership is Free - Why become a member?

We are a Candian Not-for-profit Organization run BY Indigenous women FOR Indigenous women. We are volunteer run and work only to empower Indigenous women through arts and culture. For more information about the IACC, click HERE.

Many people & organizations search our directory to locate artists and Indigenous products.

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Membership enables you to join our massive social media following and contribute to on line marketplaces.

Membership puts you in line to contribute as a facilitator or vendor at our Indigenous Women's Arts Conferences.

Many organizations, school boards and government offices are looking for workshop facilitators. Add yourself to our list for exposure.

The IACC is a proud community of Indigenous artists. Mentorship, collaboration and knowledge sharing are fundamental to our community.

IndigenARTSY is exclusively for authentic Indigenous artists.

Vendors have full responsibility to buyers. Shipping, returns and communication are between you and your customers.

IndigenARTSY by IACC is a third party host for your store; we simply manage e-commerce for you.


Vendors must sell their own work. Work must be hand made or designed by you. You must be Indigenous to have an IndigenARTSY store.

Registered vendors: Please join our IndigenARTSY Vendor Community Facebook Group for updates, technical support, instructional videos and more.



IndigenARTSY is limited to Indigenous artists whose income is less than the $30,000/year requirement for HST registration and who do not already own their own e-commerce website.


Indigenous artists must demonstrate a commitment to the education of non-Indigenous viewers and customers. Misinformation and practices related to 'new age' will not be accepted. Artists must practice Good Mind and honesty - no artist can create a sensationalized item, call or sell 'sacred' items or otherwise mislead customers. We are here to honestly represent our diverse cultures and any artist who does not value this mandate sets themselves up for membership removal. Any artist that is caught selling items and not shipping items will be immediately removed from membership.

Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY)

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Indigenous Identity

Our Mandate: In taking inspiration from the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle, Iehstóseranon:ha Dawn Setford (Mary Francis Whiteman), founded the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada in 2012 to preserve and revitalize endangered Indigenous art forms and enrich lives through Indigenous arts and culture.

In safe and inclusive spaces, through community based learning, the organization engages, [re]connects and empowers Indigenous women by promoting the transfer and conservation of cultural knowledge; securing the capacity for the next seven generations to retain and cultivate intrinsic cultural connections.

Membership acceptance to the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is based strictly on:

  • Contribution to the protection and development of endangered Indigenous art forms,
  • Maintaining the integrity and history of traditional Indigenous art forms,
  • Contributing to the transmission of Indigenous knowledge within our families and sovereign nations.

To be accepted into IACC membership, Indigenous artists must demonstrate the following:

  1. A firm understanding of the origins of the Indigenous art forms that they choose to create,
  2. A story of learning their art form from Indigenous people via family and/or community,
  3. Incentive to teach the next generations of Indigenous artists,
  4. Promotion each other equally and fairly - demonstrating respect and gratitude for others.

IACC Membership and Identification

If you can answer the following questions with an honest 'yes', you are very likely to be accepted for IACC membership:

  1. Are you Indigenous?
  2. Can you confirm that you are related by blood to living Indigenous people?
  3. Are you connected to an Indigenous reserve/community/nation by blood?
  4. Did you learn your art form from family or community?
  5. Do you think it's important to pass Indigenous knowledge to the next generations of Indigenous artists?


The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) retains the right to reject membership and vendor application based on the evidence that an artist submits regarding identity as well as the history and integrity of their art form(s).

This non profit organization is for Indigenous artists only. We commit our resources to Indigenous artists only, and are very proud of our large artist membership.


The IACC prides itself in offering membership to diverse Indigenous nations. We put forth every effort to represent Indigenous nations equally and structure our membership so that there are an equal number of individuals representing as many nations as possible.

Approval in the 'Verification' section of your vendor dashboard is mandatory for selling at IndigenARTSY.  You will be required to upload a photo of a recognized identification card (Status Card, Band Card). Artists identifying as Métis must be connected to a  Métis organization such as Manitoba Metis Federation, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation British Columbia, Métis Nation of Ontario. Inuit identification is various and widely accepted. More about identity guidelines can be researched here.

Can you confidently say yes to the questions at the top of this page?

People who have gained Indigenous status/ identity because they married an Indigenous person do not qualify for membership.

Non-Indigenous people whose art forms and practices have been learned from, or are similar to Indigenous art forms do not qualify for membership.

We appreciate your respect of our Indigenous cultures and ask that you allow us to maintain our strong and important cultural identities.

*The funding we are granted is specifically for Indigenous people and must be spent on the terms it was granted.

We have seen and acknowledge that many people claim Indigenous identity and/or hold it in high regard but these identities are not up for debate and membership applications will be rejected.

While we cannot define who identifies as Indigenous, we ask that artists belong to, or have a connection to a certain Indigenous territory or community. In some cases, we will reach out to Indigenous communities to confirm these connections.

*Indigenous identity fraud will not be tolerated. Each vendor has claimed Indigenous identity. While we do our best to determine eligibility, we reserve the right to reject/recind membership applications based on evidence provided to us by the artist or others. Questionable identities will be reviewed by the board of directors and a decision made by board vote. Vendors not in compliance may find their IndigenARTSY stores closed and IACC membership suspended temporarily or indefinitely.



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