CED Profile: The Northern Star Worker Co-op Inc.

The Canadian CED Network

Year: 2011

This is one of the Canadian CED Network’s CED in Manitoba Profiles Project produced 50 stories of Manitoba communities working to build fairer and stronger local economies, reduce poverty, and revitalize neighbourhoods.

Northern Star blankets are stories stitched together by history, tradition, and art. Sewn in the heart of Canada’s largest urban Aboriginal community, the artisans of Northern Star Worker Co-op create unique Star Blankets in the Aboriginal tradition, to honour, respect and bless both the giver and receiver.

To give a Star Blanket is to show utmost respect and admiration. To receive a Star Blanket indicates that the giver holds you in very high esteem for your generosity and accomplishments. Northern Star Originals reflect not only the traditional expertise and values of the Canadian Great Plains Aboriginal Peoples, but the beauty of the Great Plains natural and cultural settings.