Shop Indigenous this holiday season with these amazing companies!

Sitting in my office here at the Sapling & Flint gallery in the village of Ohswé:ken, sipping my Birch Bark Coffee Company coffee and browsing emails, my coffee made me think of all the amazing Indigenous owned and operated businesses out there that are supporting our communities with their commerce and helping spread a message of positivity and Indigenous empowerment. With the holiday season coming up, I thought I'd put together a small list of Indigenous companies owned by beautiful people that have been part of my own entrepreneurial journey in some way, either small or significant but equally impactful. I hope this post inspires you to shop Indigenous this holiday season, and support Indigenous economy in all its facets!! ~ Dakota <3
 
 
(Have any more amazing Indigenous companies you think we should all be shopping this holiday season? Leave a link in the comments below!)
Young Warriors Books collection
Young Warriors Books collection features the Sweet Violet series children's books "When We Dance" and "Let's Hoop Dance", written by Violet Duncan (Kehewin Plains Cree/Taino) and featuring her beautiful children. Violet, a former Miss Indian World and her husband Tony Duncan, 5-time Hoop Dance World Champion, have traveled the world sharing their proud native culture through workshops, performances and bringing their 4 beautiful children along for the ride! These hard cover children's books are the perfect stocking stuffers for the little dancer/artist in your clan!!!
She Native Leather Goods
She Native Leather Goods company is a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan based company that is employing Indigenous women in the manufacturing of chique leather accessories and designing apparel with a message of empowerment. "We facilitate a powerful and positive narrative about Indigenous women and our cultures. Purchasing SheNative goods is a way to show honour and support of Indigenous women and girls, as our goods are designed and created by us. (If you're looking to buy ME a present, my fav 2018 design from the She Native collection is this gorgeous Shoppers Tote Bag!)
Birch Bark Coffee Company
 
Whether you're looking for a cold-brew festive egg nog latte, or a strong dark cup of Joe to cuddle up to on Christmas morning, look no further than Birch Bark Coffee! Today over 250 First Nations communities in Canada live under a boil water advisory. Anishnaabe-owned, this Canada-based company purchases a certified water purification system with every 40 bags of coffee sold, and installs them in a First Nations home!! And the coffee tastes amazing (Dakota recommends the Indigenous Espresso Roast)!
 
Indig Inc. 
If you're anything like me and you like to do all your shopping online, in one sitting, and not feed into the faceless giants like Amazon, you're in luck! You can fill your shopping cart with authentic Indigenous, hand crafted and designed wares via the world wide web! Indig Inc is a global marketplace for authentic Indigenous goods. It’s a place that connects buyers around the world to the communities where artisans have lived and created for generations. Indig Inc empowers artisans to start and grow their own businesses, on their own terms. Here you can discover rare, hand-crafted products and build relationships with the people who make them.

 

 

 

Sequoia Soaps
Sequoia Soaps is a Mohawk Territory based company. They design, create, pack and ship all their own soaps, bath bombs, candles, incense, fragrance oils, and this cute little canoe candle that I can't get enough of!!   All their products are proudly indigenous made and inspired by our native legends.

 

 

 

(Have any more amazing Indigenous companies you think we should all be shopping this holiday season? Leave a link in the comments below!)

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MiNi TiPi is a small indigenous company out of Gatineau, Quebec making baby accessories:)
Minitipi.ca
@mini.tipi

Trisha pitura November 20, 2018

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