Bear Paw Trading Post

The Trading Post was built in 1996 by the previous owner Marilyn Zelkie.  She originally operated as a pawn broker and slowly moved away from the pawn business over the years to be the one-stop powwow shop.  NGCI purchased the trading post on December 29th, 2017 and we would like to thank Marilyn for her commitment to this business and assistance in a smooth ownership transition!  Hai Hai

The Bear Paw Trading Post boasts Alberta’s largest selection of beads with our FAMOUS rainbow wall of size 10 seed beads with over 300 colors to choose from!  The Trading Post also offers size 10  & 12 – 3 cut beads, size 11 & 13 charlottes and size 11 delicas.  You will also find crow, pony, spaghetti, bugle, and brass beads. Our well trained and knowledgeable staff will be happy to show you needles, thread, imitation sinew and beading felt to complete your project.  This is just a teaser of what we offer artisans.  We also have crafts for those who are looking for authentic indigenous workmanship for gifts for their families across the world.


The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) is the Corporate Division of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.  NGCI is a management company who exists for the benefit of the Ermineskin Cree Nation citizens.  NGCI executive management work closely with the managers of each of our 9 companies.  NGCI continues to grow!  Please visit our website for more information about NGCI.

On December 29th, 2017, NGCI officially took ownership of the Bear Paw Trading Post.  This was the NGCI’s first acquisition and a transition plan was implemented.  We are proud of this business that allows us to showcase our unique culture while earning revenues and creating employment opportunities for our citizens.  The one-stop powwow shop serves local artisans and powwow goers with raw materials to create their crafts.  The store also offers so much more and is a must see in person!