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Pow Wow Pitch

Pow Wow Pitch is a pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island to shine the spotlight on pow wow vendors, artists, business builders and innovators from all backgrounds and industries.

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Mana Up | Shopify: Hawai'i Rising

Mana Up and Shopify present Hawai‘i Rising, a new program designed to meet the needs of our Native and Indigenous business owners in Hawai'i helping local entrepreneurs to build skill sets, confidence and resources in order to scale up and prosper.

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Inspiring Indigenous Independence Event

Together we celebrate Indigenous brilliance and hear stories from entrepreneurs who have taken their skills online. Including brilliant musical performances by Shina Nova and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

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Merchant Spotlight

The creator behind Kokom Scrunchies, Mya Beaudry is a talented 11 year old Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Since starting Kokom Scrunchies in the fall of 2019, Mya has always ensured that all Kokom Scrunchies are handmade with love in Canada.

Mya names each of the original Kokom Scrunchies after Indigenous role models in her life. She hopes to also inspire others in her journey. What started off as an idea, has taken Mya on path of bringing Kokom Scrunchies to everyone, young and old.

https://kokomscrunchies.ca/

Maimoa Creative is a design studio run by Aroha Korowai, based in Tauranga that is passionate about promoting the Māori language and culture through unique designs, products and resources. Our aim is to help normalise the use of te reo Māori in everyday life.

https://maimoa.nz/

Established in 1997 by Métis entrepreneur Sean McCormick, Manitobah Mukluks was founded with a vision to build a vibrant, global brand that makes an impact in the Indigenous community. Today, the company is Canada’s fastest-growing footwear brand and a Profit-500 company.

https://www.manitobah.ca/

Modeste (Monday) Zankpe learned to embrace a new way of being because of the pandemic and the sudden onset of an autoimmune disorder. In 2021, she founded her jewelry line Monday May Jewelry as a hobby to stay on top of her mental health. Her striking earring designs quickly became a hit. Monday’s Afro-Indigenous jewelry brand creates heirloom pieces for collectors excited to incorporate rich culture with sustainable slow fashion. She is forever inspired by both of her Indigenous cultures - the Ewe and Secwépemc People.

Monday's journey into entrepreneurship started in 2013. She has a passion for studying and teaching low-overhead, low-barrier entrepreneurship, as it directly contributes to the sovereignty and liberation of marginalized communities.

https://mondaymayjewelry.com/

Justin Louis is the Creative Director and Founder of SECTION 35. He is a member of the Samson Cree Nation and was born and raised in Nipisihkopahk (Samson) on Treaty 6 Territory.

Justin is a fashion designer, graphic designer and photographer. His work blends the past with the present and finds inspiration in the juxtaposition between these elements. He launched SECTION 35 in 2016 with the intention to use art and fashion to tell his peoples' stories.

https://www.sectionthirtyfive.com/

The name Vaoala Vanilla signifies the name of the village that is home to the farm and the meaning of the Samoan word 'Vaoala' (Vow-ah-lah) which embodies the philosophy behind the product. 'Vao' in the Samoan language means 'wooded or forest/tree area' and 'ala' means to 'awaken' or 'enlighten'.  And we interpret this as Vaoala Vanilla has awoken founder Shelley Burich's passion and awareness of working in harmony with nature.

https://vaoalavanilla.com/

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Stories We Share

Bigger Is Not Always Better: Why This Indigenous-Led Business Isn’t Interested in World Domination

Bangin’ Bannock founders, reminisce about their bustling childhood family get-togethers: busy events full of people, connection, and food.

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How These Indigenous and Black Merchants Are Empowering Their Communities with Shopify

For many modern business owners, community impact and identity are crucial pillars in their ethos.

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Manitobah Mukluks shares success with Indigenous communities

Founded with a vision to build a vibrant global brand, Manitobah Mukluks helps keep Indigenous traditions alive through artist programs

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Overdraft: How the founder of Cheekbone Beauty Is Changing Lives—Including Her Own—Through a $500 Start-up

This is the story of how Ojibwe entrepreneur Jenn Harper’s beauty business—an idea that once came to her in a dream—saved her life.

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The Tłı̨chǫ Nation: Tłı̨chǫ Online Store Video

The Tłı̨chǫ online store is a creative outlet for the artwork of the Tłı̨chǫ people. In this film John B. Zoe explains the way in which the land informs the creations of the Tłı̨chǫ people and how those creations act as a means of maintaining and reclaiming cultural identity.

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Vanguard: The Lengths This Indigenous Jeweler Went to for Her Craft

Tania Larsson is a Gwich’in maker of fine jewelry. Listen to Tania Larsson tell her story on our Podcast Vanguard...

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