Vendor Terms, Conditions and Policies
IndigenARTSY is exclusively for authentic Indigenous artists.
Vendors must sell their own work. Work must be hand made or designed by you. You must be Indigenous to have an IndigenARTSY store.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY)
Terms and Conditions | Vendor Policies
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:
- A firm understanding of the origins of the Indigenous art forms that they choose to create,
- A story of learning their art form from Indigenous people via family and/or community,
- Incentive to teach the next generations of Indigenous artists,
- 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:
- Are you Indigenous?
- Can you confirm that you are related by blood to living Indigenous people?
- Are you connected to an Indigenous reserve/community/nation by blood?
- Did you learn your art form from family or community?
- 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.
The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is a Canada Incorporated Not-for-profit organization and as such, our services are free for Indigenous artists who are members of our collective.
This website must be sustainable. This means that we will not make money but we must cover costs of running the website including third party services like apps, plugins and payment gateways that occur above and beyond the funding dedicated to the initial creation of the website.
Sellers will be charged for using some of Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) services including point of sale charges like PayPal, Square, site maintenance, support and other payment service fees and this will be reflected in a small 8% fee.
Etsy is a FOR profit website. Etsy will charge any or all of these fees to vendors,
- $0.20 listing fee (per product fee) to be paid even if you don't sell the product.
- Products expire after 4 months. To renew a product, you pay another $0.20.
- $0.20 for each additional item (if you sell 5 of the same thing, you will be charged $1.00)
- 5% per transaction on value of your sale (if you sell a $100 item, they take $5.00)
- If you use your own Square account, an extra $20/transaction is charged.
- 4% for the transaction fee (receiving payments through Paypal or other payment gateways)
- Taxes (VAT)
- Withdrawl fees
- Shipping Label fees (if applicable)
IndigenARTSY is a NON profit website. At IndigenARTSY, we can offer qualifying (IACC membership carrying) Indigenous artists:
- no listing fees
- always free registration for existing IACC members
- post up to 25 products, never pay per item fee
- never pay extra transaction fees or multiple item fees
- handle your own taxes
- handle your own shipping
- free advertising (television, web, social media, etc.)
IndigenARTSY vendors will pay:
4% Transaction Fee (the fee we pay to use Paypal, Square and other payment gateways)
4% Management, Maintenance & Support Fee.
Break it Down. This means that if you make a sale for $100, IndigenARTSY will keep $4 to pay for the payment gateway (Paypal/Square, etc.) and $4 to help IACC (Dawn) with website management, maintenance and support.
What is management, maintenance and support? Management is being available 7 days a week, 8 hours/day to approve vendor applications, approve product listings, vendor verifications, etc. Maintenance is a daily monitoring that our site and all its plugins are up to date so that we are safe from hackers. Support is if a vendor or buyer needs help with registration, product approval, withdrawls and money transfers. There is a lot involved with running a site like this, Nikki and Dawn will do their best to make sure it's always safe and profitable for Indigenous artists.
How do vendors get paid? Whenever a vendor makes a sale at IndigenARTSY, the profits are banked with our non profit organization. When you have money banked, you may request a withdrawl. Dawn will personally e-transfer vendors their profits (less $1.50 etransfer bank fee). Payments are transferred within 3 business days of a withdrawal request and are conditional on packages arriving at their destination (confirmed by tracking numbers); Monday to Friday, 8am-3pm.
What's the catch? There isn't one. If you've met Dawn, you will know that she founded and has volunteered for this organization for 7 years. In that time, she has never been paid for any of her work. She simply wants to see Indigenous vendors succeed.
We have created an e-commerce website to make selling your work easier.
Free advertising for vendors. The IACC has funding to support advertising. We are launching our new television commercial campaign September 14, 2020. We have over 32,000 organic viewers on Facebook and are in receipt of a Google Ads grant.
Types of Fees
Sellers may be required to pay the following types of fees. Please note that all fees are listed exclusive of any value - added tax (VAT) that may apply. See the Taxes section below for further details.
Listing Fees / Product Fees
Vendors will not be charged a listing / product fee.
Transaction/Payment Processing Fees
When you make a sale through Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), you will be charged a transaction fee of 4% of on each sale regardless of quantity of items. This fee covers the amount that we will be charged by the payment gateway (paypal, square, etc.). Payment gateways for on line e-commerce stores generally cost 3% of the total transaction amount + $0.30/transaction.
If you sell from Canada, the transaction fee will not apply to sales tax, Goods and Services Tax ("GST"), or Harmonized Sales Tax ("HST"). Taxes are entirely handled by the vendor and must be clearly stated in their store information. Transaction fees are deducted from your current balance as each sale occurs, and are reflected in your payment account.
Returns are the sole responsibility of the vendor. All vendors must have a return policy. Return policy can be created in your Vendor Dashboard. If you allow returns and a customer wants to return something, you must arrange refund privately. Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) does not lend money for any reason, including refunds.
To cover operating expenses, IndigenARTSY will charge 4% on each transaction. Websites take a lot of management, maintenance and support. IndigenARTSY will have to be managed 8 hours/day, 7 days/week. This fee will help us keep this site running.
Management is being available 7 days a week, 8 hours/day to approve vendor applications, approve product listings, vendor verifications, etc. Maintenance is a daily monitoring that our site and all its plugins are up to date so that we are safe from hackers. Support is if a vendor or buyer needs help with registration, product approval, withdrawls and money transfers. There is a lot involved with running a site like this, Nikki and Dawn will do their best to make sure it's always safe and profitable for Indigenous artists.
Payment Processing Fees
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) vendors will only pay processing fees when they withdrawl their money from their IndigenARTSY account. The fee is the cost of etransfer rate at $1.25 or through Paypal, 3% + $0.30.
At this time, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) vendor opportunities are only offered to organizational members living in Canada or the U.S.A. Funds will be received and paid out in Canadian Dollars.
Any action by a seller to avoid paying a fee is considered fee avoidance and is strictly prohibited by Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY). This includes, for example, encouraging buyers to purchase an item in your Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) shop through another venue. A transaction initiated on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) may not be completed off of Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY). The price stated in each listing description must be an accurate representation of the sale. Sellers may not alter the item's price after a sale for the purpose of avoiding Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) transaction fees, misrepresent the item’s location, or use another user's account without permission.
To make a withdrawl from your account, you must have made a sale. 8% + $1.25 e-transfer amount will be deducted from that sale when you ask to withdrawl your profit.
For example: If you sell a product for $300.00 and you submit a request for that money, you will receive $274.75 by e-transfer within 24 hours. E-transfers are available Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm and in certain circumstances, we will extend these hours.
Paying your Fees
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) will automatically deduct all fees owed from your payment account upon your request of a withdrawl. Provided you have sufficient funds in your payment account no further payment action is required. If you do not have sufficient funds, the amount available less deductions will be e-transferred.
For example: If you have a sale of $100, you may request $100 but you will receive $90.75 ($100.00-8%-$1.25).
Aside from the limited circumstances set out below, you are responsible for collecting and paying any taxes associated with using and making sales through Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) services.
Listing your items on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY)
If you sell physical goods on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) and reside in the US or Canada, you may utilize our sales tax tool to calculate the tax owed on each sale.
Please see more about taxes in Sanctions policy.
Advertising and Promotional Fees
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) may soon offer services to help you advertise your listings and promote your shop, including Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) Ads and Offsite Ads. If you use Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) Ads, you will be billed. For Offsite Ads, fees are only charged if Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) advertising your listing directly results in a sale, as set forth in more detail below. For more information, please see the Advertising & Marketing Policy.
Each vendor has a personal responsibility to provide efficient product delivery to buyers. Vendors not adhering to the rules below may find their IndigenARTSY stores closed and IACC membership suspended temporarily or indefinitely.
The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada is a third party hosting site for multiple vendors of Indigenous arts. We do not set or enforce tax policies. All purchases are between the vendor and the buyer. We do not hold, package, ship or maintain management of any products in the vendor's store. All tax inquiries, requests for returns, refunds, delivery issues and all related issues are managed by the vendor of the store.
1. Delivering Your Items
Vendors are responsible for dispatching all sold items to buyers. If you're using a delivery or fulfilment service like Canada Post or Purolator, please keep in mind that you are ultimately responsible for making sure that your buyers receive their orders.
By selling on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), you agree to:
- Provide an accurate "dispatches from" address.
- Specify your postage costs and processing times in your listings.
- Dispatch items promptly after they are sold. Prompt delivery means that you dispatch each item within 3 days of purchase, unless you specify otherwise in your 'Shipping Policy' which is a mandatory requirement for every IndigenARTSY store.
- Comply with all local and international delivery and customs regulations.
- Dispatch to the address listed on the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) receipt.
- Mark the order as dispatched when you dispatch it. Remember that you may only mark an order as dispatched after you actually have dispatched it. When you mark an order as dispatched, the buyer will receive a notification.
- Charge an appropriate amount for postage. US and Canadian sellers can use calculated postage to have postage costs calculated automatically.
By entering tracking information or delivery confirmation on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), you're giving us permission to collect and share this data received from your chosen delivery carrier with the buyer.
In the unlikely event an order does not arrive, be prepared to provide valid proof of dispatch. Valid proof of dispatch must show that the item actually was dispatched and that it was sent to the address provided on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY). If a buyer does not receive their order, they may file a case against your shop. If a complaint is filed, it is likely that your IndigenARTSY store will be suspended or closed permanently.
2. Vendor Shipping Accounts
Canada Post (CP) is generally our most reliable and inexpensive shipping option in Canada. It is recommended to create an account with Canada Post. In your account, you can easily arrange to ship to your customer quickly.
A CP account:
- helps you find and format addresses correctly
- enables you to quickly measure and weigh your item
- allows you to pay discounted rates with your credit card
- gives you a shipping label that you can print with any printer and attach to your package
- gives you a tracking number which you will submit to your buyer and Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY)
- offers a pick up service so you never have to leave home
*CP also gives us Free Shipping Fridays in October and IndigenARTSY will promote Fridays as the best time to shop.
Please create your Canada Post Small business account here: https://www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/business/small-business.page
It is also very helpful to have a scale so that you can ship from home quickly. They are not expensive and worth the investment.
Amazon.ca has scales for as low as $21.00
The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada is a third party hosting site for multiple vendors of Indigenous arts. All purchases are between the vendor and the buyer. We do not hold, package, ship or maintain management of any products in the vendor's store. All requests for returns, refunds, delivery issues and all related issues are managed by the vendor of the store.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) provides a direct connection between buyers and sellers around the world. When you use Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) services, you are responsible for complying with this policy, regardless of your location.
The economic sanctions and trade restrictions that apply to your use of the Services are subject to change, so members should check sanctions resources regularly. For legal advice, please consult a qualified professional.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) provides a direct connection between buyers and sellers around the world. When you use Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) services, you are responsible for complying with tax policies, regardless of your location.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) reserves the right to decide what may or may not be sold on our website. If your products are in question, it will be brought to the board of directors for a vote. If your product does not meet our specifications, you will be notified and permission to sell will not be granted.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) remain supporters and advocates for Indigenous artists and guarantee to buyers that each product and artist are authentic. Please see our Prohibited Items policy to determine if your product is right for IndigenARTSY.
1. Selling Handmade Items
Handmade on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is a spectrum. On one end, we have makers — sellers who are literally making their items with their own hands (or tools). On the other end, we have designers — sellers who design their items but rely entirely on outside assistance or another business to help physically produce them. Many handmade sellers fall in the middle of the spectrum because they are both making and designing their items.
Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, you must be transparent about who is helping you and how your items are being made.
- Everything listed as handmade must be made and/or designed by you, the seller.
- Reselling is prohibited at IndigenARTSY. You may also have shop members who help you run your business, as long as you, the seller, are making and/or designing your items.
- When possible, items must be Indigenous in nature and context.
- When possible, items must made of products sourced on Turtle Island (North America: Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico).
A maker is a seller who is physically making the items listed for sale in their Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) shop. A maker might design their items in addition to making them, or they might follow a pattern or template that they did not design. Regardless, makers must be creating their items with their own hands (or tools).
Examples of Makers:
- Josie makes jewelry from beads, notions and porcupine quills.
- Marleen makes ceramics from molds and hand paints them.
- Frances sews ribbon skirts.
- Sally hand sews COVID-19 masks.
A designer is a seller who has come up with an original design, pattern, sketch, template, prototype, or plan to be produced by in-house shop members or a production partner. Simple customization, such as selecting colours, shapes, or choosing from ready-made options is not considered design on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY).
If you are a designer and you are using a production partner to help make your items, you must also disclose information about your production partner in your listings. A production partner is anyone (who’s not a part of your Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) shop) who helps you physically produce your items.
Examples of Designers:
- Lucy sells COVID-19 masks that are printed with an image of her artwork.
- Polly sells art cards, puzzles and tote bags with her own artwork printed on them.
- Dawn sells books which she designed on her computer.
2. Using Production Assistance
Designers may work with production partners to help make handmade items in certain circumstances. Keep in mind that people come to Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) to discover items that they might not find anywhere else. Your design and production process must lead to the creation of a unique item that would not exist without you, the designer.
We expect your production partner to produce items themselves in their own facilities. A contractor or agent who outsources production may not be used as a production partner. Examples of production services include, but are not limited to, printing, apparel printing, 3D-printing, casting, plating, engraving, cutting and sewing, and finishing.
If you work with a production partner, you must disclose certain information in the listing process, including:
- The name of your production partner(s);
- The location of your production partner(s);
- Details about the nature of your partnership and design process; and
- A general description of the work your production partner does for you.
You may choose to keep the name of your production partner and details about your partnership and design process confidential (visible only to Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY)), but the location and description of your production partner will appear on your About section and listings.
We may reach out to you at any time with a more detailed enquiry about your business. Please be prepared to provide additional details about the origins of your business, your role in the design process, your production process, and your connection to your production partner, as well as what efforts your production partner has made to follow our ethical expectations.
We understand that you may wish to keep the details of your design and business practices confidential. Please be assured that Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) will not use the private information you provide us for any purpose other than reviewing your business to determine that you are in compliance with our policies.
We reserve the right to reject any production partnerships that aren't in the letter or spirit of this policy or our ethical expectations.
3. Being Transparent About Your Business
At Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), we value transparency. Transparency means that you honestly and accurately represent yourself, your items and your business. As a handmade seller, you agree to:
- Disclose in your About section the names and roles of people who help make your items or run your business;
- Use your own words and photographs (not stock photos) to describe your items; and
- Respond to any enquiries from us in a timely manner. We may ask you how your items are made, what workspace, tools and equipment you use; and how you communicate and collaborate with the people who help you run your shop.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) prohibits certain types of items. Some items present risks to our community; others are inconsistent with our values, are harmful to our members, or simply are not in the spirit of Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY). This policy explains what is prohibited or restricted on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY).
ALL products submitted for sale on our website will require approval before being published.
1. Products related to crimes against Indigenous people.
This organization is dedicated to the healing of Indigenous people. Issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop and other crimes against Indigenous people will always be taken seriously and with respect.
Imagery representing crimes against Indigenous people include, but are not limited to:
- Red dress imagery
- Hand print imagery
- Orange shirts
- BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Colour), Black Lives Matter imagery or text of any kind.
This imagery and their respective subject matter have been carefully considered by the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY).
This organization finds that some items promote healing, raise awareness and comfort people affected by 'crimes against Indigenous people'.
Vendors are allowed to sell hand made products containing 'crimes against Indigenous people' imagery provided they are in agreement that the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) will withhold a minimum of 40% of the retail price (price listed) to be donated to the IACC (you will be asked for receipts if you claim to donate elsewhere). This deduction will be applied when the item sells and the artists requests to withdrawl profits from their IndigenARTSY account. At the end of each fiscal year, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) will donate all proceeds to reputable organizations in Canada.
Products that are NOT allowed:
Other Prohibited and Restricted Products
- Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs
- Animal Products and Human Remains
- Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items, and Weapons
- Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Hatred, racism and all forms of violence
- Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity, and Highly Regulated Items
- Internationally Regulated Items
- Pornography and Mature Content
- Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Violence
Policy decisions are complex. We consider many different and often divergent factors before coming to a decision about what is best for our community. Because we are a creative community, we err on the side of freedom of expression. We also tend to allow items that have educational, historical or artistic value, but we know that even those items are subject to a variety of valid and sometimes conflicting interpretations and emotional responses.
Art, Indigenous spirituality, history and culture can be provocative, emotional and divisive. There are some topics on which we may never reach a consensus as a community, and that is okay.
In order to help provide clarity and insight into our policy making process, we have included the rationale behind our decisions and details about how they will be enforced, including some representative examples below of what is allowed on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) . We reserve the right to remove listings that we determine are not within the spirit of Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) . Violating this policy will result in the member's selling privileges being suspended and/or terminated.
2. Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, Holistic and Medical Drugs
Alcohol and drugs are prohibited on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) . These substances face serious legal restrictions and in many cases are considered controlled substances under applicable law. Our policy also applies to other substances that have or are claimed to have an intoxicating or healing effect. Possible legal restrictions aside, these substances are not in the spirit of Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) and carry great responsibility to make and distribute.
The following are examples of items that may not be sold on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) :
- Cigarettes, cigars, smokeable products, e-cigarettes and e-liquid.
- Drugs and certain herbal substances, including substances used for recreational and medicinal purposes, regardless of their legality.
- Drug paraphernalia, including, for example: items with a carburetor; slides and/or items with a slide; bongs and bubblers; vaporizers and their components.
- Sacred pipes or other tools for smoking.
- Medical drugs, regulated medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.
- Sacred medicines (tobacco, sage, sweetgrass and cedar) may not be sold as a single item. These may however, be used in the creation of art. For example: you may make earrings from a sweetgrass braid. You are allowed to include small samples of sacred medicines in your work for aesthetic and spiritual reasons.
Restrictions on descriptions of purported health benefits:
A medical drug claim is statement or suggestion that an item prevents, heals, or treats a medical condition or disease. Medical drug claims are subject to varying degrees of regulation. If you make claims about the purported health benefits of an item for sale on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), we urge you to speak with a qualified expert about which regulations apply to you. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all laws and regulations that apply to the items you sell.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) prohibits certain medical drug claims based on our values, such as claims likely to deceive or pose an unreasonable risk to our community. Etsy may remove claims that we deem to be inappropriate, excessive, or otherwise unsuitable for our marketplace. We also remove content that promotes prohibited medical claims, such as anti-vaccine items.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) reserves the right to remove any and all questionable products from the platform and it will not be subject for discussion.
The following forms of body products may be acceptable. Vendors must submit an ingredient list with sources to seek approval.
- lip balm
- body scents
- bath salts and aromas
3. Animal Products and Human Remains
Certain animal products are highly regulated and prohibited on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) due to the risk of harm to live, companion, or endangered animals and the disrespect to Indigenous cultures.
The following are examples of animal products that may not be sold on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY). This is not inclusive, is subject to change and questionable products will require approval.
- Live animals.
- Items created using any endangered or threatened animal species. We define these as animal species designated as threatened or endangered by the Government of Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/convention-international-trade-endangered-species/list.html) US Endangered Species Act or listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
- Items made from cat and dog parts or pelts.
- Ivory or bones from ivory-producing animals, including tusks, elk ivory, fossilized ivory and woolly mammoth ivory.
- Items made from human remains or products from the human body.
- Individual feathers from any bird that are not incorporated into a body of art (you may incorporate feathers in your jewelry, dreamcatchers, beadwork, etc.)
- Any part of any type of Eagle.
- Any part of any bear (some exceptions, see 'Allowed')
The following are allowed to be incorporated into traditional indigenous art but are not allowed to be sold as individual items:
- Imitation bone, hide, feathers or sinew.
- Imitation (Non Ivory) bone, antlers.
- Ethically sourced, North American deer, moose and other hides.
- Ethically sourced, North American deer, moose, elk antlers, nails/claws.
- Ethically sourced, North American furs (rabbit, beaver, raccoon, skunk, deer, moose, elk, etc.) used in the creation of a traditional Indigenous art.
- Ethically sourced porcupine quills.
- Bear fur/hide when incorporated into traditional Indigenous arts and crafts in sizes under 12 square inches.
- Textiles made from farmed animal hair (sheep, alpaca, etc.)
4. Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items and Weapons
For safety and legal reasons, and reasons relating to issues of violence against women, we prohibit all dangerous items from our marketplace.
Due to the potential harm caused by hazardous materials, as well as complex legal and delivery regulations surrounding such materials, hazardous materials are prohibited on our website.
While not exhaustive, the following materials are examples of prohibited hazardous materials:
- Explosives (fireworks or sparklers)
- Explosive precursors
- Flammable items
- Radioactive material
- Toxic substances (such as poisons)
Recalled Items or Items that Present Unreasonable Risk of Harm
Items that have been recalled by governments or manufacturers are prohibited from being sold or incorporated into any products.
Items that present an unreasonable risk of harm are prohibited, even if they have not been the subject of a recall. This would include, for example, items that present a choking hazard. We generally rely on information from various government agencies to identify these items.
Context matters when it comes to defining what is or is not a weapon. When in doubt, it’s safe to assume that we won’t allow any item intended to be used as a weapon to inflict harm. The following items are generally not allowed on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY):
- Guns, knives, or other blatant weapons, even if they are vintage or made from bone or stone.
- Slingshots, bow and arrows, tomahawks, etc.
- Imitation firearms and weapons that look real or are prohibited by US law
5. Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support or Glorify Hatred
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is a community where people of all backgrounds, nationalities, religions, political affiliations and even different types of artistic taste and humour feel welcome. We will not allow any language or items that are offensive to any person, animal or spirit.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) does not allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred towards people or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation (collectively, “protected groups”). We also prohibit items or content that promote organizations or people with such views.
The following items are not allowed on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY):
- Items that support or commemorate current or historical hate groups, including propaganda or collectibles. Examples of hate groups include Nazi or Neo-Nazi groups, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups, white supremacist groups, misogynist groups, or groups that advocate anti-gay, anti-immigrant, or Holocaust denial agendas.
- Items that contain racial slurs or derogatory terms in reference to protected groups.
6. Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity and Highly Regulated Items
We respect the law and expect Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) sellers to respect the law as well.
7. Internationally Regulated Items
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) provides a direct connection between buyers and sellers around the world. If you buy or sell an item from another country, or if you enter into a transaction with someone across international borders, you are responsible for complying with laws and regulations of the country of destination as well as your local laws.
Be aware that there are many Indigenous art forms and products that you may not be allowed to ship outside of Canada.
When buying and selling internationally, you should comply with your local laws and be aware that other countries may have their own restrictions. You might be prohibited from exporting or importing certain items under international laws and regulations. Some transactions may require licences, permits, or other documentation. If you have questions about how to comply with the law, we recommend that you speak to a qualified professional.
When you use Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) services, you are also responsible for complying with economic sanctions and trade restrictions.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) reserves the right to request that sellers provide additional information, disclose an item's country of origin in a listing, or take other steps to meet compliance obligations.
You should be aware that third-party payment processors, such as PayPal, may independently monitor transactions for sanctions compliance and may block some transactions as part of their own compliance programmes. Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) has no authority or control over the independent decision-making of these providers.
8. Pornography and Mature Content
As a creative community, we tend to be fairly liberal about what we allow on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), but we draw the line at pornography. Beyond that, we restrict mature content so that people who are offended by this kind of material don't have to see it. If you are selling mature content, we ask that you be respectful of differing sensibilities.
Pornography of any sort is prohibited on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), whereas mature content is restricted.
9. Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support or Glorify Violence
We want Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) to be a safe place for everyone. While violent content can be a legitimate part of historical, educational or artistic expression, it should never be used to promote or glorify violent acts against others.
We do not allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others, including credible threats of harm.
The following items are not allowed on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY):
- Items that glorify human suffering or tragedies, including items that commemorate or honour serial killers
- Items that attempt to exploit natural disasters or human tragedies
- Items that encourage, glorify, or celebrate acts of violence against individuals or groups
- Items that encourage self-mutilation, starvation or other self-harm
At the IACC we inspire and empower each other through making, selling, and buying unique Indigenous arts and crafts. We want everyone to feel safe, and take pride in an inclusive environment. This policy explains the kind of behaviour we prohibit to make sure we all have a positive experience.
- National origin
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Any other characteristic protected under applicable law
We do not allow hate speech. Hate speech occurs when violent, offensive, derogatory or demeaning language is directed at a person or group based on their one or more protected group attributes.
Whether you’re engaging with public features on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) such as listing items, using community spaces, and writing reviews, or having direct communication with other members of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) community, such as via Messages, discrimination and hate speech are not allowed. As a vendor on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), your shop content, including shop announcements and shop policies, cannot display discriminatory behaviour toward protected groups. Examples of prohibited behaviour include, but are not limited to:
- Refusal of service based on membership in one or more protected group
- Expressing intolerance or a lack of respect for another member on the basis of protected group attributes
- Having a shop policy that excludes sales to members of one or more protected groups listed above
- Directly or indirectly making derogatory or demeaning remarks against protected groups listed above
- Racial slurs
- Posts that support or glorify hate groups and their members
If you think discrimination or hate speech has occurred on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY), please report it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will investigate. If you see a listing on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) which you believe violates our Prohibited Items Policy, including prohibited hate items, we encourage you to report the item by using the Report this item to Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) link at the bottom of each listing page. We have a timely review process for all reports.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is regulated by the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. This means that it is prohibited for us to profit off of any services that we made available to our membership.
This organization is committed to the advancement and protection of endangered Indigenous art forms and artists. Whenever funding is available to promote our membership and the IndigenARTSY e-commerce site, we will do so.
In September 2020, with thanks to Heritage Canada, we are launching our new e-commerce site and promoting the site with television commercials and social media marketing. These services are absolutely free for Indigenous artists that carry membership with our organization.
Soon, vendors will be able to request promotions and can donate that value to Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY).
This advertising opportunity will include but is not limited to ad placement for your store or product on our two busy websites (IndigenARTSY and PassTheFeather.org) as well as on our very popular Facebook page.
Watch for announcements regarding advertising opportunities with our organization.
As a venue for artists, designers, and makers, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) takes intellectual property rights very seriously. We comply with intellectual property laws and industry best practices in order to maintain the integrity of our creative marketplace. This Intellectual Property Policy explains how we address allegations of infringement, how authorized parties can submit proper notices of infringement regarding content on our marketplace, and how Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) sellers can respond when their listings or shops are affected by a notice.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) Role
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is a marketplace comprised of individual third-party sellers who run their own shops, create their own policies, and are responsible for their inventory, shipments, and complying with the laws. We provide a venue, but Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) does not manufacture goods, hold inventory, or ship items on behalf of our sellers. The content uploaded on Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) marketplace is generated by independent sellers who are not employees, agents, or representatives of Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY). Sellers are responsible for ensuring they have all necessary rights to their own content and that they are not infringing or violating any third party’s rights by posting it.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) is not in a position to offer legal advice or make legal determinations whether a shop’s content infringes someone else’s intellectual property. Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) will remove material cited for alleged intellectual property infringement when provided with a proper notice.
Notices of Intellectual Property Infringement
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) strives to respond quickly when we receive proper notice of intellectual property infringement by removing or disabling access to the allegedly infringing material. When Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) removes or disables access in response to a notice, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY)makes a reasonable attempt to contact the affected member, provide information about the notice and removal, and, in cases of alleged copyright infringement, provide information about how to submit a counter notice. Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) may also provide a copy of the infringement notice, including the name and email address of the reporting party, to the affected member.
Please use Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) Reporting Form to provide notice of claimed infringement to Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY).
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) may request additional information before processing a notice, such as identity verification of the reporting party or documentation regarding the claimed right. Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) may reject notices or counter notices that contain information we believe is false, fraudulent, incomplete, or otherwise submitted in bad faith. Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IndigenARTSY) also reserves the right to take action against abusers of this policy.
Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. Please read the following carefully. If you have any questions or concerns, Contact us:
We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can; our typical response time is 72 hours.
Gathering and Use of Information
The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada will never willfully disclose any personally identifiable information about our online audience, buyers or vendors to any third party without first receiving the person’s permission. We do not collect personally identifiable information from our visitors other than what is supplied to us on a voluntary basis.
PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT
When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information.”
We collect Device Information using the following technologies:
- “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
- “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
- “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.
Additionally when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Site, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers, email address, and phone number. We refer to this information as “Order Information.”
HOW DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:
Communicate with you;
Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.
We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).
SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. For example, we use WooCommerce to power our online store--you can read more about how WooCommerce uses your Personal Information here: https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site --you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.
As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.
You can opt out of targeted advertising by e-mail at email@example.com:
DO NOT TRACK
Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.
When you place an order through the Site, we will maintain your Order Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.
The Site is not intended for individuals under the age of 18. Vendors must be over 18 years of age.
For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail using the details provided below:
1249 Dozois Road, Ottawa, ON, K4M 0E2, Canada