Argyle’s business partners at Castlemain, Canada’s leading Indigenous advisory firm, have developed this helpful catalogue of gift ideas from Indigenous-owned businesses. Please consider supporting them!
a. Janine Lott Studios
Janine Lott’s inspiration for each art piece comes from her people, heritage, and the land. Gourds are my canvas of choice, allowing me to hone my skills in wood-burning, carving, sculpture, painting, and stone inlay. Recently I have translated these skills into other media like pen and ink drawing, print making, and digital graphics. Go to Facebook page
b. Edzerza Gallery
Alano is a Tahltan multimedia artist and entrepreneur based in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He has had numerous group shows and solo shows in Canada and abroad and is one of the key artists in the contemporary northwest coast art movement. Alano cemented the reputation of his growing company during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he designed the outerwear for the Dutch Olympic team. Go to Website
c. Indigo Arrows
Destiny Seymour is an Anishinaabe interior designer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated with her master’s degree in Interior Design from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. She worked at a local architecture firm in Winnipeg for over 10 years as their interior designer before starting her own design business in 2016. Go to Website
d. Iron Dog Books
Iron Dog Books is an Indigenous-owned bookshop and booktruck dedicated to bringing great books to Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territories (metro Vancouver). Go to Website
a . Bead N Butter
Jessie Pruden is a Metis beader from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her fun and colourful designs are inspired by her friends, family, nature, and her culture. Go to Website
b. Kokum Scrunchies
Kwey Kakina! Meet Mya! The creator behind Kokom Scrunchies. Mya Beaudry is a talented 11-year-old Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Since starting Kokom Scrunchies in the fall of 2019, Mya has always ensured that all Kokom Scrunchies are handmade with love in Canada. Go to Website
c. Spring Salmon Studio
Phyllis Atkins – q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ’s traditional name means “I wear the clouds like a blanket”. She is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation.
Phyllis was taught how to paint by Barbara Boldt at the Barbara Boldt Original Art Studio and studied with her for many years until she opened her own studio in 2012. In 2001, she had the wonderful opportunity to learn the art of hand engraving jewelry from the late Master carver Derek Wilson from Haisla, BC. Go to Website
d. Culture Shock
100% Aboriginal-owned and operated and rooted in the rich traditions of the ‘Namgis people of the west coast of Canada. Go to Website
e. Section 35 Clothing
SECTION 35 is an Indigenous-owned streetwear brand based on the Unceded Territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓íl̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Justin Louis is the Creative Director and Founder of SECTION 35. He is a member of the Samson Cree Nation and was born and raised in Nipisihkopahk (Samson) on Treaty 6 Territory. Go to Website
a . Mother Earth Essentials
Mother Earth Essentials was founded by Carrie Armstrong who comes from a long line of Cree Medicine Women. She started to form the idea for a bath & beauty line business during her first teaching job at Amiskwaciy Academy, where she used traditional plants to connect the students to their history. Go to Website
b. Sister Sage
Devil’s Club Salve
Devil’s Club grows wild throughout the Pacific Northwest and has been used medicinally by Indigenous people for centuries. Topically, it has been used for deep tissue inflammations, like arthritis, and skin issues such as eczema.
Lynn-Marie & Melissa-Rae Angus, are the sister co-founders of Sisters Sage, an Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness and self-care products inspired by our culture and traditions. They were both born and raised in East Vancouver, Canada. Their heritage is Gitxaala, Nisga’a, and Metis Nations. They are from both the west coast and the prairies and celebrate and share their culture enthusiastically! Go to Website
c. Skwalwen Botanicals
A luxury Indigenous brand creating botanical skin care products. Honouring traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge, we incorporate sustainably harvested and sourced plants and organic, high-quality ingredients. Each product has a Squamish name to honour the place where this plant knowledge comes from. Go to Website
d. Quw’utsun Made
4oz Soy Wax Candle
A warm-scented candle can add good vibes to your atmosphere. These soy wax candles are handmade with high-quality ingredients so you can chill with peace of mind. Inspired by traditional plants & smudge medicines.
Owner Arianna Lauren is a member of the Quw’utsun/Cowichan Tribes. She combines Native ancestral knowledge and Native plants to create lotions, salves, candles (like this tobacco-scented jar candle), and more. Go to Website
e. Yukon Soaps Company
Indigenous-owned and operated, The Yukon Soaps Company creates beautiful, hand-crafted soaps, shampoo bars, essential oil blends, and so much more. Go to Website
Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in December 2022 by Castlemain, a Believeco:Partners agency.
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