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14 Indigenous-owned businesses to support on Truth and Reconciliation Day

By Monika Sofrenovic
Marketing Specialist

Today, September 30, is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

We’re sharing Indigenous-led .CA businesses for you to support—businesses that weave their traditions and history into their craft.

Food and Drink 

Awarded one of the top three Indigenous businesses in Saskatchewan, Ally is a self-taught Indigenous baker specializing in custom cakes, cookies and cupcakes made from quality ingredients.

Indigenous community: Peepeekisis

If you’re in the Edmundston area, Chef Amy Pelletier has a warm meal for you that’s steeped in tradition. KWEY (meaning ‘hello’ in Maliseet) offers fusion food combining culinary traditions from her Indigenous background with her trained expertise in the art of haute cuisine.

Indigenous community: Madawaska Maliseet First Nation

Red Seal Journeyman pastry chef, Tammy Maki, is an Indigenous maker offering small batch, decadent hand-crafted chocolates made from Indigenous ingredients. A portion of Raven Rising’s proceeds are donated to various societies that support 60’s Scoop, MMIWg2s and Residential School organizations.

Indigenous community: White Bear First Nation

A traditional Indigenous dish, bannock (also known as fry bread) is a flatbread made from a base of flour, milk and fat or lard which, depending on the recipe, can be prepared savory or sweet. This delicious dry mix provides a little taste of Indigenous history.

Indigenous community: Nak’azdli Whut’en

Through the purchase of minerally-enhanced FN Clean Water, you’ll support the construction and maintenance of sustainable water systems for First Nations, giving access to clean drinking water for generations to come.

Indigenous community: Kashechewan First Nation

Located just north of Belleville, ON, Earth Haven Farms is a 200 acre family-owned and operated subsistence farm dedicated to building a more sustainable, locally-based food system using biodynamics. Their handcrafted products and homemade foods and preserves are sure to help you reduce your environmental footprint.

Indigenous community: Sheguiandah

Home Decor

Indigo Arrows is a home decor brand started by interior designer, Destiny Seymour, that is inspired by local Indigenous pottery patterns. All products are handcrafted in Winnipeg, Manitoba in small batches using 100% linen and eco-friendly inks.

Indigenous community: Anishinaabe

Add some nature to your living space with a custom piece from Watchful Woodworks in Winnipeg, Manitoba! Each unique creation is handcrafted from natural materials, making these pieces the ‘beary’ best for your home.

Indigenous community: Sandy Bay Ojibwe First Nation

Health, Beauty and Wellness

Indigenously Infused highlights the traditional teachings of the Anishinaabe by growing, harvesting and infusing traditional plants into candles, mists and melts.

Indigenous community: Curve Lake First Nation

Jack59 distributes natural hair care products that are sustainably made and ethically sourced. Since 2015, Jack59 has prevented over 500,000 plastic bottles from ending up in landfills.

Indigenous community: Métis Nation of Alberta

Don’t know what to do with your empty plastic containers? Don’t recycle, refill instead! FILL is a refill store where customers can decrease their plastic use by filling their cleaning and hygiene products using their existing containers.

Indigenous community: Métis Nation

Clothing and Accessories

Since 2018, Red Rebel Armour has been breaking down barriers though style. They are a social enterprise selling Indigenous-made streetwear whose proceeds go towards creating employment opportunities to reduce recidivism in Indigenous communities.

Indigenous community: Sagkeeng First Nation

MINI TIPI creates small batch quality goods, namely blankets and clothing accessories, with designs inspired by Indigenous heritage. The female-owned company gives back to the community through donations to local food banks, Indigenous women crisis centers and by sharing their products with those in need.

Indigenous community: Nipissing First Nation

Located in Abbotsford, BC, Nunaaluk showcases handcrafted Inuit beadwork through intricately-designed earrings.

Indigenous community: Inuit

At CIRA, we believe that Truth and Reconciliation Day is not a day for performative acts, but for transformative actions. That is why we continue to support Indigenous creators and communities year-round through community investment initiatives. Read more about our seed sponsorship with Pow Wow Pitch to support Indigenous entrepreneurs online and our digital development efforts in Indigenous communities.

About the author
Monika Sofrenovic

Monika Sofrenovic is the Marketing Specialist at CIRA. She is a recent graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing.