Supporting Indigenous tourism

Arts & Crafts Cooperative

Mi’kmaw Cultural Authenticity

Are you a Mi’kmaw or Indigenous Artist or Crafter? Are you an Indigenous cultural musical performer, dancer or Traditional Knowledge Keeper? Are you looking to sell your authentically made arts and crafts to more people online, in person at your location or would like to perform traditional songs and dances at an event that NSITEN or one of our partners may be organizing? Would you like to learn more about the cultural tourism industry?

If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then joining our new NSITEN organization may be one of the best new things to help you achieve any one of these goals!

The NSITEN will be offering a free service to all artists, artisans, craft makers and traditional knowledge keepers as a way to grow opportunities but also to start organizing a collective database of individuals & businesses that would like to have more support services that would benefit their future goals and aspirations.

Once we secure and coordinate a significant and updated representation of qualified artists, crafters and knowledge keepers that meet our organizational membership criteria, we will begin to organize events that will bring them together to gather information on how best we can support their needs in developing and enhancing skill sets that will allow them the ability to better participate in the mainstream cultural tourism industry.


artisans, craft makers & performers

The type of work we promote

authentic Mi'kmaw Crafts

Locally made and sourced (which includes bead work, leather work, quill work, wood work and more) are the type of high-end products that NSITEN will be working to bring together as part of this new arts and crafts co-operative.

Indigenous Artwork

Artwork comes in many forms, from sculpture to paintings and prints, and we are excited to highlight some stunning authentic indigenous art from local Nova Scotia artists.

cultural performers

Cultural performers, traditional musicians, dancers and more are an important part of our culture. Promoting and ensuring that we present culturally authentic songs, dances and traditional oral history will be a very important piece of our offerings as we move forward.
We are working together with our NSITEN team to find and bring forward a comprehensive and updated list of individuals that would like to be part of our database in anticipation of future organizations, industry and government departments looking for help in offering cultural knowledge workshops and presentations.
Individuals will be vetted through our NSITEN Elder representative & Executive Board and prior to them being added to our list we will provide an opportunity to sit down in person or share information over the phone to take the next steps to joining our database listing.

Criteria will include an in-depth knowledge of the Mi’kmaw culture and of course your Indigenous status clearly identified through criteria as expressed in our membership outline.

Featured Artist

Loretta Gould

Loretta Gould has applied an online sales routine that she successfully operates along with local, provincial and international art trade shows. Her beautiful colors, designs and clean lines have opened new doors around the world. She currently continues to keep very busy operating her business out of her home in We’koqma’q First Nation.


Her art is Spiritual and its said it’s a dream to see bright, beautiful colors. Her first paintings sold in Finland and Germany. So, Please enjoy looking at her Pieces. Spend Her whole life creating with Fabric, Photos, and Acrylics. She is Self-Taught and has been creating and exhibiting her work ever since. Loretta’s dream is to share her art around the world. It is a way to get her spiritual feelings on canvas.

She was Born and raised in Cape Breton, Raised in a reservation by her Parents. The Waycobah First Nation is located in Nova Scotia.

She currently resides in Cape Breton with her husband Elliot Gould and All their Children Dakota Jay (1994), Shianne Snow (1996), Savannah Sipu (1998), Phoenix Lee (2000), Ivy Blue (2004), and Montanna Sky (2015)
She is Currently working on a book for all the stories that go with each Painting. And 2 children books to learn our native tongue.

Get In Touch

For more information, contact:
Robert Bernard
(902) 302-3300 cell/text

1. Local artist Loretta Gould
2. Local artist Alan Syliboy

3. Local artist Loretta Gould