Aboriginal Gathering Place Now Offering a Free, Artist-Based e-Commerce Program

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By Perrin Grauer

Posted on January 06, 2020 | Updated January 06, 2020, 2:38PM

Workshops will focus on leadership and entrepreneurship through e-commerce for Indigenous youth.

The Aboriginal Gathering Place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design is offering a free artist-based e-commerce EAGLE program (Empowering Aboriginal Generation of Leaders and Entrepreneurs).

The weekend workshops focus on leadership and entrepreneurship through e-commerce for Indigenous youth. The students learn from industry professionals in the areas of art, design, e-commerce and business.

The EAGLE program is designed and delivered to be an interactive and innovative experience comprised of creativity, culture and entrepreneurship.
It has all of the components of e-commerce learning mixed with art practices (3D printing, laser cutting, 360 Video, VR, AR, material practice).

Who is Eligible: Aboriginal Artists from the age of 18 to 30
: Free (no Fees) and Lunch included
: Saturday and Sunday from Jan. 25 to Mar. 15, 2020, including two Friday workshops
: 9:30am to 4:30pm
: Aboriginal Gathering Place, 520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5T 0H2
: Connie Watts | email:, c: (604) 313-0029

  • Weekend 1: January 25th and 26th by Brent Mainprize, Rob Inkster & Connie Watts
    Program introduction & Identifying your brand (cvs, bios and art practices)

  • Weekend 2: February 1st and 2nd by Pat Christie & the Material Matters team
    Development of digital tools (CNC, laser and 3D printing)

  • Weekend 3: February 7th to 9th by Patrick Shannon (NOTE: three-day, Friday-to-Sunday workshop)
    Key Principles for Business

  • Weekend 4: February 14th to 16th by Patrick Shannon (NOTE: three-day, Friday-to-Sunday workshop)
    Branding your online company

  • Weekend 5: February 22nd and 23rd by Rob Inkster
    Business Model Testing

  • Weekend 6: February 29th and March 1st by Brenda Crabtree & Connie Watts
    Connecting to Indigenous ways through material practice (art, drum making, etc)
  • Weekend 7: March 7th and 8th by Olivier Leroux & IM4 team
    New technologies in experiential and website presence (VR, AR, & 360 video)

  • Weekend 8: March 14th and 15th by Instructor TBD & Connie Watts
    Group card project (website overview & on-line marketing)
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