During our current times, it is important to support small businesses and ensuring we understand how these products are made. Each one of these businesses produces 100% authentic items, which you’d love. Below are a few of my favourite Indigenous-owned small businesses right here in Canada.
Raven Reads is an indigenous-owned book subscription box, delivering seasonal boxes packed full of quality Indigenous content. You can choose from the seasonal, bi-annual, or annual subscription, and either an Adult or Child collection. The adult box includes a mix of Indigenous literature and beautiful giftware, whereas the child box includes 2-3 children’s books and items relating to the Indigenous themes of the box. Oh, and did I mention that shipping is free within Canada? What are you waiting for!
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned beauty brand that creates high-quality and cruelty-free lip-wear and complexion products. For each order placed, 10% of the proceeds are donated to the Shannen’s Dream and the Caring Society, organizations striving to assist Indigenous People in education and safety. Their moisturizing and highly-pigmented colours are the perfect addition to any outfit to make you stand out.
She Native Goods is a women-owned and operated Indigenous business out of Turtle Island in Toronto. This company was created to bring awareness to the systematic barriers and challenges that Indigenous women face every day, and hopes to install inner strength and confidence. Through their leather handbags and beautiful apparel, they share cultural teachings of positive values as passed down from their elders. As well, their products are made using sustainable materials, allowing the reduction of an environmental footprint and showing respect to the nature around us.
Mother Earth Essentials is a Canadian Indigenous-owned business specializing in luxury bath and beauty products from natural ingredients. Items include various essential oils, beautifully scented candles, soaps, and many other items. These scents are unique and based on the traditional teachings from the owner’s elders and medicine people, using plants found around them, while still respecting the environment.