Anishinaabe Keeshigun
Craft Vendor

Event Information

Fort William Historical Park invites craft vendors to offer products for sale that would be of interest to patrons at the Park’s annual Anishinaabe Keeshigun event. 

About the event

Anishinaabe Keeshigun is a free public event filled with entertainment, hands-on activities, and demonstrations that highlight Anishinaabe culture, traditions, language, and technology.


Fort William Historical Park, 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay

Dates and Times 

Saturday, August 17, 2024, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 18, 2024, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How to Apply

Interested vendors are to review the information on this webpage and complete the Application Form below. If you require a different application format, please contact us. Completed applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2024. There is no cost to be a craft vendor.


  • Upon arrival for the event, vendors must check-in at the Admissions Desk in the Visitor Centre.
  • Set-up must be completed by 9:30 a.m. each day of the event.
  • Vendors will be able to drive their vehicles on to the historic site for set-up. All vehicles must be off the historic site and moved to the designated parking lot by 9:30 a.m. Vehicles must not block roadways and pathways.
  • Fort William Historical Park will provide all vendors with one 6 ft. by 2 ft. folding table and two chairs. The vendor will be responsible for bringing any additional equipment. The total available space for each vendor will be approximately 10 ft. by 10 ft..
  • Tear down begins after 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, vendors are welcome to tear down at 5 p.m., but we encourage vendors to stay until 8 p.m. so they can operate for the entirety of the event. Vendors are permitted to tear down after 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • If the vendor decides to tear down before 8 p.m. on Saturday, their vehicle(s) cannot be driven onto the historic site. Vendors are welcome to cart their equipment to the North Gate, where they can park temporarily for tear down.
  • Please do not tear down and leave before the event has closed to the public unless arrangements have been made in advance with Fort William Historical Park.
  • Overnight security will not be provided.

General Requirements

The Vendor shall:

  • Be operational while the event is open to the public, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Be prepared to operate in all weather conditions and without any guarantee of business volume.
  • Be responsible for bringing their own vending supplies. If the vendor chooses to bring a tent, the tent must have weights on its feet.
  • Provide a presentable vending area and professionally prepared signage.
  • Be responsible for their own cash float; no change will be available. Wi-Fi is available on the historic site; however, the service may not be strong enough for portable card reading devices.
  • Perform activities in the designated booth space.
  • Ensure products are culturally relevant.
  • Not sell eagle feathers, sweet grass, sage, cedar medicines, ceremonial items, archeological artifacts, modern mass-produced items, food and beverage items, or photographs, pictures, cards, records, tapes, or books that are unrelated to Indigenous culture. Items cannot feature Fort William Historical Park or Anishinaabe Keeshigun logos.
  • Remove all vendor supplies, structures, and waste after the event.
  • Return the space occupied by them to the same condition as it was at the commencement of occupation. The Vendor shall be responsible for all damages to or loss of the Fort William Historical Park property which resulted from the vendor’s actions.
  • Agree that Fort William Historical Park will have the final decision in any rule or regulation deemed necessary at any time.
  • Collect and remit applicable sales taxes.
  • Comply with all provisions of law, including, without limitation, all federal and provincial legislative enactments, municipal by-laws and any other governmental by-laws and regulations and orders. 

Please note:

  • Fort William Historical Park retains the right and sole discretion to accept or reject applications, prohibit, or remove any material from display which the Park considers offensive, objectionable, inappropriate, or disruptive.
  • Fort William Historical Park will determine the Vendor’s display location for the event. Placement decisions are final and are to be respected.
  • Fort William Historical Park retains the right to limit the level of noise output by any vendor.
  • Fort William Historical Park retains the right to approve or deny items that will be sold by the vendor.

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