I really believe that to be an ally of Black, Indigenous or people of colour, we need to make a conscious effort to do better and be better every single day with every single opportunity. For example: most women buy makeup. Who are you buying it from? Can you find a BIPOC brand to support instead? What about your clothing purchases? Any gifts you’re planning to buy? What books are you buying and reading? Are the authors members of the BIPOC community?
In my ongoing effort to better support members of the BIPOC community, I’ve been actively seeking out Canadian Indigenous businesses to support. Here are a few of my favourites:
Land of Daughters Candle
This Canadian company was Metis and female founded in 2018 and is based out of Calgary. I came across Land of Daughters when I found some of their aroma sprays, however it was their candles that I really fell in love with. The “Just Breathe” candle is my favourite. Land of Daughters also frequently does special fundraisers to support charities in need, which is just one more reason to love this company – and to buy some candles!
Sharp Design Indigenous
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll have seen me wearing my peach beaded heart earrings. I’m obsessed with them and wear them almost every day. They’re from Katie Sharp, founder of Sharp Design Indigenous, who is an Indigenous jeweler in Ontario. Her jewelry is handmade and really beautiful. And if beaded jewelry isn’t your style, she also does macrame and really unique Christmas ornaments.
Sḵwálwen is an Indigenous skincare line incorporating respectfully harvested botanicals, organic oils, nourishing plant-derived butters and steam distilled essential oils. Handmade in small batches in the Canadian Pacific Northwest + Indigenous Owned and Operated on the Unceded Territories of the Skwxẃu7mesh (Squamish) First Nation. We are so lucky to have Leigh, the founder, here in our community. And while I haven’t tried all of her products (yet!), I am loving the Kalkáy Wild Rose Facial Oil.
I love, love, love this company! Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native, Canadian cosmetics company. Known for creating high quality, cruelty-free beauty products, I had high expectations but their face palette and lip gloss blew me away. I wear them every day. They also have a really forward-thinking sustainability plan, that I’ve talked about on Instagram too. I cannot recommend Cheekbone Beauty enough.
I hope you choose to support these Canadian Indigenous businesses. I know you will love them as much as I do. In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of reading (you guys know I’m a bookworm) and have intentionally sought out books with BIPOC authors. I’m working on another blog post with some of those recommendations so stay tuned for that!