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 as: 

  • 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 Government of the Northwest Territories or at local distributors across the territory.

Visit any of these locations to access the program:

Beaufort Delta

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


Just Raven Fashion & Fabrics
182 Mackenzie Rd.
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Phone: 780-573-9773
Email: blavoie@justravenfabrics.ca


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


Liard Valley General Store & Motel
#1 Valley Main St
Fort Liard, NT X0G 0A0
Phone: 867-770-4441
Email: lvgsml@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)


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

North Slave

GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
Artisan Fur Shop
Scotia Centre, Second Floor Suite 203
5102 50th Avenue
Yellowknife, NT
Phone: 867-767-9219 ext. 63108
Email: fursales@gov.nt.ca
Open Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00


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


Fort Good Hope Arts and Garden Society
PO Box 154
Yamoga Land Corp Building
Fort Good Hope, NT X0E 0H0
Phone: 867-598-2519 ext. 111
Email: fghagsociety@gmail.com


Hamlet of Tulita
PO Box 91
Hamlet Office
Tulita, NT X0E 0K0
Phone: 867-588-4471
Email: edo@hamletoftulita.ca


Norman Wells Historical Society
23 Mackenzie Drive
Norman Wells, NT X0E 0V0
Phone: 867-587-2415
Email: canol.trail@theedgenw.ca(link sends e-mail)

South Slave

Amaamaga Unthreaded
18 Ptarmigan Road
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
Phone: 867-445-1451
Email: Amaamaga@hotmail.com


Debbie’s Sewing
161 McDougal Rd
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
Phone: 867-621-2701
Email: debbie_sewing@hotmail.ca


Fort Simpson Historical Society 
PO Box 59
Fort Simpson, NT X0E 0N0
Phone: 867-695-2420
Email: fortsimpsonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com


Mackenzie Cabins
Km 23, Hwy 3 (just past Dory Point on the North side of the Dehcho Bridge)
West Hinterland (near Fort Providence), NT
Phone: 867-875-8558
Email: erictam@northwestel.net


Sew Fine Yarn and Design 
50 Stewart Drive
Hay River, NT X0E 0R2
Phone: 867-874-2947 or 867-876-1491
Email: sewfineyarnanddesign@gmail.com