The role of Craft Labrador is to provide support to the craft community by providing communications, training and resources to craft producers, groups and businesses in Labrador.
During consultations for the Labrador Craft Study a number of common issues emerged. Many of the issues we faced in the past remain the same. Producers still struggle with:
The Labrador Craft Study Working Group has developed a strategy to be carried out over several years to respond to these issues, including:
The Craft Labrador Project Team will be rolling out the initial phase of the strategy in March 2015. Future plans include the delivery of training in all regions of Labrador.
Surveys have been developed so that we can consult with the Labrador Craft community to determine which traditional skill should be offered for the first set of training, and which raw material should be tried in the bulk purchasing experiment.
During the first phase of the Craft Labrador Project, our team is preparing the training materials an planning for workshops in Traditional Skills, Cultural Product Development and Entrepreneurial Skills. These workshops will take place in the next phase of the project.
By March 31, 2015, we will have developed and tested one module for Entrepreneurial Skills. The resource materials for that training module will be available in the Resources section of this website. The information will also be incorporated into other workshops we develop, including the Cultural Product Development workshop and Traditional Skills workshops.
In our initial research we have found there is a very strong interest among the Labrador Craft Community in learning how to make traditional crafts. Our survey listed twelve crafts to choose from and people suggested more during the research.
One traditional skill will be chosen for training in 2015. A training module will be developed and plans made to deliver the training in each region of Labrador.
In 2013, The Labrador Craft Marketing Working Group undertook the Labrador Craft Study. Craft producers and businesses from across Labrador participated in the discussions. The study resulted in a craft development strategy that we are now implementing. The document is available on our Documents page.
The first item in the strategy is to develop a Labrador-wide communications network for the craft sector. We have set up a mailing list, Craft News, to communicate with the craft community throughout Labrador, as well as this website. You can also find Craft Labrador on Facebook and X.