Through the 7 Grandfather Teachings Kiosks, participants are provided an avenue to draw upon their natural interests and talents to build skills and future employment/ entrepreneurship opportunities in the retail sector. Throughout each participant’s involvement with the 7 Grandfather Teachings Kiosks, their own trading abilities are utilized as a fundamental base for building skills in retailing, business, merchandising, employ-ability and entrepreneurship.
Training includes: customer service, marketing and sales, business applications, communications, and essential skills.
The mandate of the 7 Grandfather Teachings Kiosks is to deliver training and provide employment/self employment experience to Aboriginal individuals, with a strong emphasis on youth and women.
7 grandfather teachings Kiosk program
In 2008 a feasibility study identified three social enterprise opportunities, and narrowed in to elaborate on one major concept: Kiosks (push carts), which can be set up in a variety of locations dependent on what area of the province the member agencies involved in the project are located, the population base of the area, and what activities in their respective areas are most suitable to this form of retail activity. Locations for the kiosks include: shopping malls, festivals, art galleries, street carnivals, Pow Wows, museums and exhibitions, flea markets, Friendship Centres, etc. These kiosks are very mobile and can be set up in one location during the day and then moved to another location for an evening event. As well, the potential of online kiosks is a viable opportunity.
The Kiosk concept is to retail a variety of products that vehicles Aboriginal culture and traditions, initially focusing on the 7 Grandfathers Teachings, and then expanding to the Water Teachings, the 7 Environmental Teachings and Native art developed by project participants. An example of a product is a
T-shirt with one of the 7 Grandfathers Teachings on the front and its definition on the back, or a mug could carry the word LOVE on one side while the cultural definition is on the other. Supplementing or expanding the product line will involve providing space in the kiosk for the works of local Native artists and artisans.
The Kiosks provide an opportunity for future Native entrepreneurs to gain business and financial experience in collaboration and in partnership with other future entrepreneurs. This Kiosk concept allows Aboriginal participants to gain experience working with the public, in retail and high traffic areas. Technology is utilized to deliver training, and control and monitor the Kiosks. The participants who staff the Kiosks are also involved in literacy, financial literacy, and business skill development through a combination of hands-on business experience and E-learning while on the job, and are mentored by experienced local business people. Skills learned will be applicable for participants in both future employment and self-employment opportunities.