From sustainable beauty and skincare to wearable art to healing medicines—Indigenous entrepreneurs across Canada are delivering products designed to honour you from the inside and out. This Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrate by supporting Indigenous-owned and operated business. Every purchase not only provides you with the best in sustainable products, but uplift Indigenous communities in the process.
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native, Canadian cosmetics company established in 2016 by Jennifer Harper. Based out of St. Catharines, Ontario, Cheekbone Beauty is known for creating high quality, cruelty-free beauty products such as liquid lipsticks and complexion products, including contour and highlight palettes.
Keeping in line with her Anishinaabe roots, Jenn’s Cheekbone Beauty has a less-waste line of lipsticks with zero-waste goals for 2023. Cheekbone’s aim is to not only make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth through donations addressing the educational funding gap but to create a space in the beauty industry where Indigenous youth feel represented and seen.
2. Sisters Sage
Sisters Sage handcrafts beautiful modern self-care and wellness products using traditional Indigenous ingredients. Artisan soaps, bath bombs, salves and smokeless smudge honours ancestral teachings with sage, cedar, sweetgrass, lavender and more. As Indigenous women, Sisters Sage are loud and proud, with love and positivity being the main ingredients in every spray, soap and bath bomb.
Brenda MacIntyre – Medicine Song Woman is a Juno Award-winning artist and motivational speaker offering healing/reading sessions, oracle cards and medicine songs. She works with healing energy, spiritual downloads and music to help women whose lives are shifting to create a path of love, hope and possibility by finding their voice. Her music and oracle cards were designed to help women love and trust themselves, stop holding back, and express the gifts and power they carry.
4. Ay Lelum
The sisters of Ay Lelum The Good House of Coast Salish Design create award-winning wearable fine art featured on runways around the world. The Ay Lelum sisters design and produce clothing and fabric patterns featuring Traditional Coast Salish artwork by their father William Good and brother W. Joel Good of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Hereditary Chief Family, while being mentored by their mother Sandra Moorhouse-Good, who had the very first Coast Salish clothing line in the 1990’s.
April Mitchell-Boudreau is a Turtle Clan Mohawk with roots at Six Nations. Passionate about awakening the Creator in others, April invented a jewellery system that does just that. Lofttan offers expertly designed wearable art made to engage your inner designer. These versatile earrings, bracelets and necklaces can be worn as one or layered, long, or short. Founder April Mitchell-Boudreau's ingenious clasps empower you to change the entire look.
April is also a creativity facilitator, fundraising for scholarships for Indigenous students in the Arts by teaching all ages the beauty of beading. She believes strongly in the power of art to heal.
Angela DeMontigny is an internationally-renowned Indigenous Canadian designer, creating custom made and ready-to-wear, all-leather clothing collections, bold accessories and statement jewellery collections.
DeMontigny's original collections showcase the most elegant examples of her Indigenous heritage (Cree/Metis) including accessories, lifestyle and wellness products made from nature. Her original, hand-poured soy candles are known for creating a sacred space, infused with essential oils from Indigenous plant medicines. The essential self-care kits are filled with organic cedar leaves that cleanse your home and yourself, said to banish fear and improve courage during difficult times.
Skwalwen is an Indigenous beauty and skincare line celebrating ancestral plant relationships, incorporating respectfully harvested botanicals, organic oils, nourishing plant-derived butters and steam-distilled essential oils.
All products are handmade in small batches in the Canadian Pacific Northwest + Indigenous Owned and Operated on the Unceded Territories of the Skwxẃu7mesh (Squamish) First Nation.
The Yukon Soaps Company is Indigenous-owned and operated by Joella Hogan. The company is all about a cleaner you and cleaner environment. Yukon's soaps are made from scratch just like grandmother’s cookies — they are all unique, authentic and handcrafted in Mayo, Yukon, Canada. The soaps are inspired by the land and Joella’s travels around the world, and each purchase is a vote cast for natural, handcrafted and locally-made products.
9. MYC Design
As an Indigenous-owned company, MYC Design builds a vibrant brand that makes a significant impact. All jewellery is handmade in Canada using AA stones such as jade, coral, rose quartz and moonstone. MYC Design will be donating 10% of our proceeds to The Kids Help Phone.
Inuk360 is a world-renowned Master Caribou Hair Tufter, Multi-Textile, Traditional & Contemporary Artist and Designer. Inuk is Inuvialuit and a self-taught caribou hair tufter. She loves to learn and teach traditional arts and crafts.
More than a moisturizer, Satya Organic is a natural skin protectant balm that protests and relieves all kinds of stressed-out skin. The Satya formula was developed by Ojibwe mother Patrice Mousseau for her baby girl when she couldn't find a clean, effective alternative to steroid creams. Today, Satya helps thousands of children and adults around the world overcome all kinds of skin conditions using simple, natural ingredients.