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Marketplace raises funds and holiday spirits in downtown headquarters

People shopping in an indoor market.

Manitoba Hydro Place welcomed shoppers, visitors and local artists at the Indigenous Artist and Artisan Christmas Market.

Enlarge image: People shopping in an indoor market.

A warm, welcoming buzz of activity and vibrant artwork energized Manitoba Hydro’s downtown building last week, at the Indigenous Artist and Artisan Christmas Market, hosted by our Indigenous Awareness Circle (IAC).

“The market was a great success. It was the biggest market we’ve had so far and the biggest fundraiser we have ever had,” said IAC member, Rose Monkman, Manitoba Hydro employee.

Raffle tickets for two pieces of artwork raised $774, which will be donated to Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. Velma’s House.

“We also raised $420 through registration fees that will be donated to Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery in Winnipeg,” said Rose. “Thanks to everyone for their support – the volunteers who helped organize and our employees coming out to shop and support local talent.”

IAC member, Ian Blouw, Manitoba Hydro employee also shared, “From speaking with a number of the vendors, as well shoppers, and Manitoba Hydro colleagues, it was quite wonderful to have everyone back together and welcome into our building once again.”