Indigenous-Owned Businesses & Products
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
In celebration of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, we are highlighting our Indigenous lead companies and their unique and beautifully created products – here are three businesses and a selection of their products. We are proud to offer all of them and more:
Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oils
Great Bear Rainforest™ Essential Oils is a social enterprise supported by the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative — a non-profit society and alliance of eight First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii. They offer sustainable, long-term employment for individuals with limited opportunities in these remote West Coast communities. Great Bear Rainforest™ Essential Oils provides a balance between economic prosperity and environmental protection while supporting First Nations and ensuring their diverse people, culture and languages continue to thrive.
Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oil Gift Kit
Great Bear Rainforest® Essential Oils are carefully steam-distilled from fresh, sustainably harvested conifer needles gathered in the Great Bear Rainforest region. Three 5ml bottles (Shore Pine, Hemlock and Rainforest Blend) in a hand-crafted cedar wooden gift box.
Pine Cone Ultrasonic Diffuser
This Pine Cone-shaped ultrasonic mini-diffuser is excellent for small spaces, your room, your office even your car. So get rid of those old chemical air fresheners and use healthy, effective Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oils to freshen your spaces.
Capacity: 200 ml
Satya is a steroid-free, effective anti-inflammatory that can be used for your face or body. Even around your eyes and on your lips. Made with five simple ingredients, fragrance-free and USDA-certified organic. Satya has also been submitted to Health Canada and approved to make these health claims.
Organic Hand Salve – 30ml Reusable Stick
Designed to glide over the driest and sensitive skin–on the go. Thanks to a unique partnership with Plastic Bank, every purchase of the new Satya stick helps pull plastic from global waterways while fighting poverty at the same time. Like every member of the Satya family, the stick is 100% refillable with our Compostable Refill Pouch.
Organic Hand Salve – 7ml Travel Tin
Your ultimate pocket companion for any emergency skin moment, The travel tin is filled with Satya’s signature multi-purpose moisturizing balm.
Mr. Bannock Indigenous Cuisine
Indigenous-fusion cuisine uses traditional ingredients from the Squamish First Nation — such as juniper berries, smoked wild salmon and meats — and traditional methods, such as clay and stone baking.
Classic Bannock Mix
Mr. Bannock Classic Bannock Mix, used in the food truck and catering services, their blend is vegan-friendly and is very diverse, you can bake, fry or stuff it with all your favourite ingredients. Indigenous-owned, BC-based business.
We appreciate each artist and each diverse community for sharing their skill. If any person is looking to learn more about Indigenous BC Communities there are several map links below highlighting each region – Coast Salish, Nuu chah nulth, and Kwakiutl–the first peoples of Vancouver Island and the Squamish, Tsawwassen, Semiahmoo, Stó:lō and other Indigenous nations throughout British Columbia. Here in Vancouver, we at Fairware respectfully acknowledge that we work within the ancestral, traditional, and stolen lands of the Coast Salish Territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Nations.
Interactive Map British Columbia First Nations
Vancouver Island First Nations Map
BC Government Website – First Nations A-Z