By Claudia Cheung
With the recent lockdown, many small businesses forced-closed their doors by law.
And with the holidays approaching, there isn’t a better time to support local businesses than now.
Chippewar - owned by Jay Soule, an Indigenous artist from the Thames First Nation's Chippewas, offers graphic t-shirts, sweatshirts, raglans, tank tops, hoodies, hats, prints and stickers. Soule is a painter who designs and sells Indigenous culture-related apparel online and from their Toronto store. Chippewar is currently offering free shipping with orders over $100 to Canada.
Pacha Indigenous Art Collection
: Pacha Indigenous Art Collection - owned by an Indigenous family from the Kichwa community based in Toronto - sells various products like clothes, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, accessories, cards and prints. Their business operates both online and in-store. They currently offer free delivery and shipping in Canada for all orders above $75.
The Cedar Basket Gift Shop by Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT)
NCCT is located in downtown Toronto, and The Cedar Basket is a gift store in NCCT. They are a charity organization that offers different programs and services about Indigenous cultural traditions. The Cedar Basket offers products like accessories, decorative, medicine, jewelry and musical instruments handcrafted by First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Because of COVID-19, in-store shopping remains closed, but you can shop online.
Tribal Trade - owned by Mallory Graham, a member of the Anishnaabek nation of Curve Lake First Nation - is located 2 hours away from Toronto in Curve Lake, Ontario. You can visit the online store to purchase products like footwear, clothing, accessories and native gifts. They are currently offering 30% off apparel, jewellery, wraps and shawls!
Beaded Dreams is located in Ottawa and owned by Kim Vincent. The store, established in 1994 by Vincent’s parents offers accessories, clothing, moccasins, mukluks, stone, crystals, jewelry and others. Click here to shop online.
Beaded Dreams is currently offering same-day shipping and free shipping on orders of $99+ before tax.
Remember to shop local and help your local small businesses during this challenging time.
Stay safe and happy shopping!