Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!! This day is all about honouring and celebrating “Indigenous joy + healing + liberation” Shayla Stonechild. In honour of National Indigenous People Days, I invite you to read through some of our amazing Indigenous contributors that have shared their stories on our blog; Shayla Stonechild, Fallon Farinacci, Kelly Terbasket and more!
Today, I wanted to highlight a few of my favourite Indigenous-owned brands (there are just way too many to include them all, unfortunately!). If you are looking for a unique gift for someone or to just treat yourself these amazing brands will not disappoint!
Hawkmoth Bead Co.
I discovered Hawkmoth Bead Co. a few years ago, and hands down she creates the most beautiful beaded wearable art! Hawkmoth Bead Co is another one of my favourite Indigenous and women-owned companies based out of Kelowna. Eden’s waitlist is currently full, but keep an eye out for drops where you can get your hands on a pair of these babies!
The Beaded Fringe
Roxanne is the owner of The Beaded Fringe, and I just learned about her business a few weeks ago. She just started beading earrings about 6 months ago for an Indigenous Art class, and ended up falling in love with making beaded earrings. Her favourite ones to make are the small hooped Metis sash earrings.
Poppy & Peonies
I discovered my love for Poppy & Peonies when their Blue Light Glasses were featured in the Fall 2021 Jilly Box! In 5 years, Natalie, the founder has really done it all. From fulfilling orders in her basement to appearing on Dragon Den to expanding into new product categories.
Throughout the Okanagan we are blessed to have so many amazing wineries. There are too many that’s it’s hard to try them all, but I just tried the Dreamcatcher, a white blend and it was amazing! If you are local to Kelowna or visiting, Nk’mip Cellars has a tasting room at The District or their winery in Osoyoos!
I get so many questions about the various lip colours that I wear. One of my all-time FAVES is the Sustain Lipgloss from Cheekbone beauty! Not only is Cheekbone Beauty women-owned, but also an Indigenous-owned company from St. Catherine’s, ON.
One of my favourite places to grab a bite to eat in West Kelowna is Kekuli Cafe! They have one of my favourite Indigenous delegacies, bannock. Their tagline is “Don’t panic, we have bannock!”, so whenever I have a hankering for bannock, Kekuli Cafe is my go-to!
Also, if you’re want to try making bannock, check out the Kekuli Cafe, blog that they contributed to the site, here!
If you received The Spring 2022 Jilly Box you may be familiar with this brand. We included their Healing Salve in the Spring Jilly Box and it’s one of my favourite products! It’s perfect to find relief for bug bites, scrapes, razor burn, sunburn, and for any itch relief! If you’re in the market for new skincare products, look no further!
Back in 2018 Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus created Sister Sage. An Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness and self-care products inspired by their culture and traditions. From gorgeous hand soap, to bath bombs and everything in between, Sister Sage is your one-stop-shop for all your wellness and self-care needs!
As a Mama of two little ones, a woman of Metis + Filipino roots, Christine Marie is the founder of Awasis Boutique. While taking time off from teaching to be a stay at home Mama, Christine put her teaching areas Home Economics + Native Studies to use in a different capacity. What started as sewing bibs and aprons for mamas and selling them on social media, quickly turned into an online store. Whether you need a new item for your own little one, a gift to give, or a comfortable top for yourself, she has “a little something for EVERY one”.
Well, there you have it, 10 of my fave Indigenous-owned businesses to support today, this month (and every month after that!).
Wonderful display of various shops and items, thank you for showcasing these ten Indigenous owned businesses here – you’re the best Jilly 🧡🧡🧡.
LOVE visiting Nk’Mip golf course each year for my annual Okanogan trip to Oliver. Recently discovered the wine too! Thanks for sharing as now I have more places and businesses to check out!
there are only 9 businesses listed, you mentioned10.