Hide and Fur on a shelf ready to be sold at-cost to local artisans in the NWT

Access the Hide and Fur Program

What is the Hide and Fur Program?

The Hide and Fur Program provides NWT artisans the support they need to get access to raw materials at affordable prices.

The Hide and Fur Program was first established in 2009 to offset the ban imposed on sealskin imports by the European Union in the interest of protecting the Northwest Territories’ (NWT) traditional economy.

In the interest of sustaining the traditional arts sector, NWT artists identified the need for access to raw materials at affordable prices so they can achieve profitable returns on traditional arts sold in the marketplace. In response to this need, the program evolved to include other raw materials such: 

  • Traditionally tanned moosehide,
  • Beaver (sheared and natural long-hair),
  • Seal (natural and dyed),
  • Fox (arctic, red, silver and cross)
  • Muskrat

Who is eligible?

Artisans in the Northwest Territories

What is the benefit? 

The GNWT purchases hide and fur and sells them at-cost to artisans in the NWT. The Hide and Fur Program provides NWT artisans the support they need to get access to raw materials at affordable prices.

How do I access the Hide and Fur Program?

Artisans can purchase hide and furs from the Traditional Economy Division of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment or at local distributors across the territory.

Visit any of these locations to access the program.

Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Scotia Centre, Second Floor 
5102 50th Avenue
Yellowknife, NT 
TF: 877-445-2787
 
Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation
Band Office
Box 20
Lutsel K'e, NT X0E 1A0
P: (867) 370-7006
 

Native Women’s Association
4902-50th Ave
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P7
P: 867-873-5509
www.nativewomensnwt.com

Email: reception@nativewomens.com

Norman Wells Historical Society
23 Mackenzie Drive
Norman Wells, NT X0E 0P0
P: 867-587-2431
canol.trail@theedgenw.ca


The Rusty Raven
66 Portage Avenue
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
P: 867-872-2606
Email: laurie@rustyraven.ca

Debbie’s Sewing
161 McDougal Rd
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
P: 1-867-621-2701

Email: debbie_sewing@hotmail.ca

Zoe Chocolate Sewing and Crafts
House #40 Game Ndi Tili
Behchoko, NT X1A 0Y0
P: 867-492-1234
Email: mzcsewing@gmail.com

Open Sky Creative Society
9605-100 St
Fort Simpson, NT X0E 0N0
P: (867) 695-3005
Email: oscs.osf@gmail.com

Inuvialuit Craft Store
107 Mackenzie Rd
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
P: 867-777-7003
Email: lelias@inuvialuit.com

Mavis’ Craft Shop
39 Breynat Street
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
P: 1-867-678-0967
Email: Mavis.jacobson@hotmail.com

Ulukhaktok Development Corporation
PO Box 161
Ulukhaktok, NT X0E 0S0
P: 867-396-4701
Email: uccmanager@inuvialuitcc.com

Sew Fine Yarn and Design 
50 Stewart Drive
Hay River, NT X0E 0R2
P: (867) 874-2947 or (867) 876-1491
 

Fort Simpson Historical Society 
PO Box 59

X0E 0N0

P 867-695-2420

fortsimpsonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com