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Click on the image for a larger view. And scroll down for a link to a fashion show video featuring more fo the garments.




On September 9th we shall be selling all the garments made for our sadly cancelled “Fashion With Purpose Show. To jog your memory, these are all sustainable clothes made from donated fabrics, fabric samples, small balls of yarn etc.

Tuesday, September 6th – Mini Fashion Show Video. The Mini Fashion Show video we made of some of our clothing will be released to both our membership and customer lists. Hopefully this will inspire you to come to our Sale! There is something for everyone as these one-of-a kind garments fit a variety of sizes and shapes. And everything is priced to sell!
No costs were incurred in their production so all of the profits will go to the African Grandmothers.

WHEN: Friday, September 9th, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: The Lobby of McDougall United Church,
8516 Athabasca Street S.E., Calgary

Hope to see you there!


Pack yourself a Picnic and join us:

WHEN: September 7, from Noon till 2:30 PM
WHERE: Christ Church – 3602 8th Street SW, Calgary –  Join us in the garden beside the church or indoors if inclement weather.
EXTRAS: Beverages, fruit, and a cake to celebrate our volunteers, will be served! If you have BB&B items you can drop them off here or at St Giles. Both locations will be ready to receive your items.

We are delighted to have an Indigenous Elder, Regena Crowchild, joining us to speak about her life experiences. Please read Regena’s biography at the bottom of this Item.

Ruth-Anne, a Grandmother’s Campaign Coordinator from the Stephen Lewis Foundation, is flying into Calgary from Toronto to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Event! Ruth-Anne will be giving us an update from the foundation and is looking forward to meeting as many UG members as she can.

Please sign up at the following link so that we have an idea of how many will be attending:
Please note that should you decide to attend at the last minute without registering, please feel free to come.

Biography: Regena Crowchild was originally a member of the Blood Tribe until her marriage, at that time she transferred to Tsuut’ina. Regena is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a great great grandmother of two. Regena attended Residential school as her parents did. As a young girl, her father took her under his wing to teach her about her identity and history, as he felt that she would not be satisfied as only being a mother and wife. These teachings have led her to be an avid advocate for her people here on the homelands of the indigenous peoples. Regena spent most of her adult life in indigenous politics advocating for her people’s inherent and treaty rights. She was first elected into Council in the 70’s and then served again in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. She served as President of the Indian Association of Alberta from 1990-1994. Regena was fortunate to meet indigenous Elders throughout Canada who also taught and guided her in her political work. Now that she is not elected to serve in Council, Regena continues to be an advocate for her peoples by representing her Chief in political meetings and sharing her knowledge to both indigenous and non indigenous people.


The Steering Committee is pleased to announce the sale venue for the 2023 Fabric and Yarn Sale will be the Garrison Curling Club, 2288 – 47 Ave SW, Calgary, AB  in the south west community of Garrison Woods and very close to the Crowchild Trail and 50th Ave SW interchanges. It will be another traditional Reduce Reuse Recycle Sale.

Proposed 2023 dates – also in the CALENDAR
Setup days: Tuesday May 2, Wednesday May 3 and Thursday May 4
Sale days: Friday May 5, Saturday May 6, Sunday May 7
Cleanup day: Monday May 8
Updates and specifics will be provided when available.

To help defray costs the committee is looking for 8′ x 30″ wooden tables with collapsible metal legs. If you, or anyone you know, can lend us tables for use during the sale, please reach out.

There is always a need for pre-sale storage so if you can help in even a small way please contact us.

Ujamaa Grandmas Fabric & Yarn Sale is fortunate to have some dedicated customers and volunteers. We are sad to say that we have lost one of them. Frank MacLeod, a long-time volunteer, has passed away. Frank was a tall slender gentleman who always wore a black leather jacket and walked with a cane. He was a costume designer who annually purchased a significant amount of outlandish fabrics for his business. Books and Patterns was his favourite volunteer assignment. Thank you Frank for all your support over the years.

Please direct all inquiries to

Respectfully submitted,
Mona Jones


Hope everyone had a lovely summer. The weather cooperated beautifully and all our guests loved Alberta. Louise Breadner and I attended the Mountainside Grandmothers to Grandmothers “Tea in the Garden” in Westcott, Alberta. The garden is large and full of beautiful plants. We ate “cream tea” which consisted of scones, homemade jam and cream. It was delicious. I thank Louise for accompanying me as co-pilot as I would have probably never found it otherwise.

Ruth-Anne Sebring, our main contact at the SLF, is coming to Alberta in September. We are still planning her itinerary but hoping that we can squeeze in a few more visits to groups as well as Edmonton and Calgary.

The Lethbridge 5th Annual Yarn, Notions and Fabric sale is Friday and Saturday September 16 & 17. I plan on going on Saturday if anyone would like to join me. Please email me via – attention Judy Howe,  and we can carpool.

If you have friends in Cochrane you think might be interested in restarting a grandmother group, please let me know or ask them to contact me. I’m hoping to get something started in October.
Enjoy the final few weeks of summer and stay well.
Judy Howe