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Spotlight on Indigenous and Black-owned businesses

Spotlight on Indigenous and Black-owned businesses

And support these entrepreneurs 


This holiday season, instead of buying from Amazon and other behemoth retailers, consider buying from small businesses. Purchasing from these Indigenous and Black-owned businesses is a great way to give unique gifts to your friends and family.

Indigenous-owned businesses

  • Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus’s Sisters Sage
  • An Indigenous wellness brand that combines traditional knowledge and medicine with handcrafted quality. 

  • Jenn Harper’s Cheekbone Beauty
  • A line of cosmetics that donates a portion of the proceeds to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

  • Alice Spenst’s Just a Little Native
  • A collection of earrings, hair barrettes, and dreamcatchers featuring intricate beadwork patterns made from a variety of materials such as glass, acrylic, wood, and crystal.

  • Patrice Mousseau’s Satya Organic Skin Care
  • Consisting of five organic ingredients, this line of steroid-free and anti-inflammatory products works wonders in soothing eczema, dryness, itch, and inflammation. 

  • Leigh Joseph (styawat)’s Sḵwálwen Botanicals
  • Local ingredients are harvested and used to craft this natural, organic line of skincare products. A standout is the Tewín'xw Cranberry Rose Antioxidant Serum, which includes cranberry seed, chamomile, rosehip, blackberry seed, and mandarin. 

  • Brittney Amitrano’s Intertribal Beauty Cosmetics (IBC)
  • IBC’s formulations have a glossy yet balancing effect and come in a delightful range of skin-inclusive shades. 

  • Joella Hogan’s The Yukon Soaps Company
  • Hogan’s unique soaps are lovingly crafted from locally grown, natural ingredients. 

  • Vanessa Billie’s Billiee Beauty
  • A line of high-impact statement makeup, with a myriad of bold eye and lip colors to choose from.

  • Michaelee Lazore’s Sequoia Soaps
  • Medicinal plants and ancestral legends feature prominently in these tried-and-tested formulations from Sequoia Soaps.

  • Nicole A. McLaren (Maarsii. Miigwetch)’s Raven Reads
  • Raven Reads offers a curated subscription of First Nations books and giftwares available seasonally, bi-annually, or annually.

    Black-owned businesses

  • Lilo Allen’s Papyrus & Charms
  • Culturally conscious handmade goods inspired by Jamaican- and Pan-African designs. Profits from the Black Lives Matter Fundraising Bracelet go to Love On Black Women.

  • Temi Shobowale’s Essentials by Temo
  • A line of plant-based skincare that includes body scrubs, butter creams, magical mists, and elixirs.

  • Sade & Rachel’s Sade Baron
  • Founded by a mother-daughter duo, this line of body care offers unisex, clean, and cruelty-free products.

  • Vanessa Lamb’s Expressions By Van
  • DIY Painting Kits with a pre-sketched canvas, three brushes, paints, a palette, a water cup, and instructions. 

  • Gianni Alexander's The Fro Experts
  • An organic hair care shop that offers tons of handmade products, among which include their popular tea rinse which promotes hair growth and strengthens and refreshes curls.

  • Alexe’s Apprenti Ôr'ganik
  • Infused with Canadian hemp, this line of holistic natural skincare products focuses on hydration and nourishment.

  • Rachel James’s Pear Nova
  • A collection of vegan and cruelty-free at-home polishes in dreamy colors that produce salon-quality results. 

  • Chantal Carter’s Love & Nudes
  • A line of moisture-wicking wireless bras with seamless cups, adjustable straps with a built-in racerback hook, and no-slip straps. 

  • Jess Edelstein’s Piperwai
  • The first of its kind, Piperwai’s Natural Deodorant is made from activated charcoal which can absorb 1000x its weight in moisture.

  • Diarra Bousso Niang’s Bouswari
  • Inspired by diverse African traditions and cultures, Bouswari collaborates with local artisans in Senegal to create traditional leather goods with contemporary and practical designs.

    If you’re not able to support these entrepreneurs financially, there are other ways to lend support that doesn’t cost a dime! You can leave testimonials and reviews on their websites or share and comment on the brand’s social posts. These acts don’t cost a thing and can go a long way in helping a brand grow.