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A First Nation craft supply store is working to build a cultural crafting community in Sault Ste. Marie – while helping those who have experienced trauma. Trailblazing Beads is hoping to promote the practice of beading as a therapeutic art form.

Eva Dabutch opened the business in 2016 with help from a $1,000 summer student grant. In 2020, the store relocated to its current location on March Street, which Dabutch says is better able to accommodate beading classes, which she added is a healing practice.

“People who are overcoming addiction and they need something to keep themselves busy,” she said.

“It activates the right side of the brain that’s responsible for creativity and emotions. So, it helps them regulate their emotions.”

Dabutch is a social worker, with an extensive background working with people experiencing trauma.

“I have a master’s degree from the University of Toronto that specializes in Indigenous resiliency and trauma,” said Dabutch.

“I have my undergrad from Algoma University in social work and a B.A. in Anishinabemowin.”

As the owner she encourages her employees to get acquainted with the art form, which she admits can be difficult.

“It looks so easy,” said Brigitte Boissoneau, who quickly found it out that it isn’t.

“It takes a lot of patience, a lot of focus. (But,) it’s a really nice sense of accomplishment and getting in touch with my culture that maybe I wasn’t really exposed to.”

Dabutch said everyone is welcome to attend a class, but added they are limited in size.

Schedules are posted on the Trailblazing Beads Facebook page, along with contact information and what designs each class will be working on.