Dear Ottawa Vendors,

The holiday season which includes Kwanzaa is fast approaching. This year, Jaku Konbit will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary of commemorating Kwanzaa in the community as a 2-part celebration under the theme, THE SPIRIT OF TOGETHERNESS. In addition to the grand gala on December 27th, Jaku Konbit will be expanding on Kwanzaa’s 4th principle, UJAMAA with a Market Day. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) means ‘To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together’. It encourages buying local to support businesses in your community as they provide jobs, resources and products for you and your family.

On Sunday, December 5th, 2010 at 211 Bronson Ave, (Bronson Centre’s Mac Hall) from 1:30pm -5pm, we invite you to participate in the Ujamaa Market Day by display your craft, goods and services. LET’S GET PRACTICAL TOO – For those of you who offer services, please consider selling gift certificates. A gift certificate for your fitness class, tutoring program, pedicure/manicure, hair salon, upcoming concert, grocery store to mention a few, would certainly make a great gift. What about those who make drum cakes, breads, sorrel, etc – why not have a table?

This event will be advertised widely in the community and in addition to benefitting monetarily, it also provides a forum to recognize and celebrate our community’s richness and wealth in one central market place. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? You can help make this event a success not only with your participation but also by promoting it to your networks of family, friends and acquaintances. Encourage them to take Ujamaa Market Day into consideration for their holiday shopping. There is no entry fee as we want the community to put their dollars towards your goods and services.

Like any market environment, Ujamaa Market Day will be alive with short performances by children and youth, background music as well as the 70min Kwanzaa documentary ‘The Black Candle’ for those who wish to get a better understanding of the celebration. Refreshments will also be on sale.

To register or for more information please contact the Jaku Konbit office at            613-567-0600       or email Tarrah at

Space is limited. Deadline for table reservation is November 26th, 2010.

About Kwanzaa:

Kwanzaa is unique because it is a holiday with no religious, political or heroic associations. The holiday is not intended to substitute for Christmas, but rather to provide a time to focus on and celebrate African-American culture and traditions.

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