Indigenous

Jan 13, 2022
Meat soap? This all-natural skincare company’s “Slightly Imperfect” collection makes sure flawed product doesn't go to waste
Alyssa Hirose

Body and skincare companies tend to romanticize their products and their process. But what happens when that ultra-satisfying soap cutting doesn’t go as planned? When Indigenous entrepreneur Francesca Amine started making her own soaps, it took her an entire year to get...

Dec 7, 2021
Leadership 2021: At New Relationship Trust, Jessie Williams takes a holistic approach to supporting Indigenous communities
Saphiya Zerrouk

Like many of us, Jessie Williams has had to adjust to a new way of working during the pandemic. She’d never attended an online meeting before COVID hit, and the experience opened her eyes to new possibilities. “I found once...

Nov 30, 2021
37 BIPOC-owned businesses you can find at B.C. farmers markets this winter
Alyssa Hirose

If you’re stuck for holiday shopping ideas, the local farmers market is a great place to browse: instead of big brands and questionable food court cuisine, you get handmade goods from local businesses and the best food trucks in town.

Nov 4, 2021
There’s a B.C.-based Indigenous skincare brand on Dragons’ Den next week
Alyssa Hirose

A few Saturdays ago, I tagged along with a friend and drove across the city to a local makers market. Once we got in, I was happy to peruse the wares—candles, cookies, ceramics—but she walked straight to the Sḵwálwen Botanicals booth...

Sep 28, 2021
18 B.C.-based Indigenous charities and organizations to donate to this week
Alyssa Hirose

Canada’s first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30, 2021. The day is meant to honour the lost children and survivors of Canada’s residential schools, as well as their families and communities. For non-Indigenous folks, it’s a designated...

Mar 19, 2021
5 Questions: Chris (Syeta’xtn) Lewis, Squamish Nation councillor and spokesperson
Nathan Caddell

How much has the Squamish Nation changed since you were first elected councillor in December 2009? When I first got elected, it was right on the eve of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Everybody was happy—it was celebratory times, our nation was...

Jan 27, 2021
Kelowna’s Candice Loring is on a mission to advance Indigenous businesses and communities
Nathan Caddell

After graduating from UBC Okanagan with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in psychology, Candice Loring spent some time working in finance in West Kelowna before she went back to school. Well, kinda. Loring switched career paths to...

Nov 5, 2020
Ask a Leader: Crystal Smith puts the health and safety of her community first
By the Editors

We asked prominent members of the B.C. business community what they’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic—and how this crisis will change everything from work to leadership. Crystal Smith is chief councillor of the Haisla Nation, a key player in the...

Feb 27, 2020
First Movers: How Indigenous people in B.C. exercise their economic and political power will have massive implications
Steven Threndyle

Editor’s note: This story, the cover feature from our February issue, explores how Indigenous people in B.C. are finding their way to prosperity through economic reconciliation. At the time of publication, writer Steven Threndyle had been following the four-year-long Wet’suwet’en blockade...

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