Updated: Dec 1, 2022
We're celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day today and every day by highlighting a few of our favourite Indigenous women-owned consumer goods businesses within Canada. From skincare to body wear, we love these businesses that are simultaneously promoting sustainability while inspiring future Indigenous entrepreneurs. Here are a few of the many Indigenous women-owned businesses we love!
"Indigenous Tradition Meets Modern Wellness"
Handcrafted self-care products made with traditional Indigenous ingredients like sage, cedar, sweetgrass, & lavender. Artisan soaps, bath bombs, salves and smokeless smudges feel both natural and luxurious for the ultimate in wellness. Eco-friendly & 100% vegan.
“I believe each colour, pattern, and design that I create holds the energy of creation”
From her studio in the Canadian Rockies, Tatiana Carrion creates beaded earrings that are inspired by her Peruvian Indigenous heritage—combined with a bold, modern twist. Designs are unique, playful, and simply gorgeous.
"Inspired by culture & beautiful textiles"
Small-batch goods for the home and family, MINI TIPI features cozy blankets and shawls to ponchos and bags. Every beautiful piece—cut & sewn in Quebec—features a pattern created by Indigenous designers. Plus, MINI TIPI gives back to their communities to help rise each other up.
"Creating wearable art inspired by our histories, relationship to the land and animals, and by our culture!"
Jada is the brand behind Jaimie Davis—an award-winning Gitxsan/Nisga'a artist creating wearable art for everyone who supports Indigenous culture. Absolutely eye-catching and inspired, Jada also supports Tears to Hope Society through purchases from their RED Collection.
"From my heart to your sole"
Handcrafted with care from moose & buffalo hide, Jamie Gentry's beautiful moccasins are rich with heritage and meaning. Made to order, each pair is infused with specific thoughts and intentions for each individual. Choose from a variety of styles, colours, and beautiful beadwork.
"All Kokom Scrunchies are hand-made with love"
Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Mya Beaudry is the talented 11-year-old creator behind Kokom Scrunchies, which she started in 2019.
Choose from vibrant scrunchies, scarves, hair ties, bows, and even ties. Order online or follow her on social media to find out where you can buy her wares at local markets.
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, every day
As a period care company, we're honoured to work with organizations that fight for period equity, especially for Indigenous menstruators who are disproportionately impacted. Those who live in more remote rural locations can pay upwards of $40 a box of period care products.
If you'd like to support period equity within Indigenous communities, you may purchase a joni karma donation pack to make a direct period care donation (we will distribute on your behalf). Or reach out to some of our amazing partners directly, such as:
Today and every day, we acknowledge and give thanks to the Lekwungen People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations on whose territory joni operates.