We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, whose culture has now been erased forever.
We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq.
And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu [in-new] of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut.
We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home.
At the St. John’s Farmers’ Market, we acknowledge that all that we do here and all over the island is because of those who came before us. We create and grow our crops and homemade items on a land that was not originally ours.
We strive to create an open and welcoming environment for everyone, including those who are part of the Two-Spirit Community. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.
Our space is in the former Metrobus depot on Freshwater Road since 2018. At 14,000 sq ft, it is seven times the size of our previous location and will be better for the whole community – vendors and visitors alike. The larger space means we will be able to accept more vendors and there will be more room for customers to socialize with friends, eat tasty foods, buy great local produce, and pick up some neat local art. Much more than what fits in the current space, and without leaving out any of the activities that make the current market so great. It will be a true community space too, with a community kitchen, a public square, a playground, and much more; an important amenity in a city lacking public places to gather.