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October 9, 2022
As Lorrie Lawrence walks through the empty Downtown Farmer’s Market in Edmonton on a Tuesday morning, it’s eerily quiet. The lights are turned off and blankets are draped over vendors’ tables.
Lawrence steps into the century old elevator and exits on the second floor. As soon as the doors open, big dream catchers appear, and the natural sunlight illuminates the I. A. M. Collective booth.
“Our membership is composed of members as young as 17 months. We have a jingle dancer as old as 89 years old. Agnes Jones comes here every Saturday. She is a residential school survivor, the most amazing inspirational person to talk to,” Lawrence said.
“In between that, we have single parents, students that are trying to supplement their school income or just have enough money for their kid’s birthday party.”
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