VTM Participating Canadian Businesses Profiles

Expand the profiles of each Canadian First-Nation Business below. 

Birch Bark Coffee Company Inc.

Birch Bark Coffee Company is an innovative First Nations-owned social enterprise aiming to have a social impact nationally by helping to provide clean drinking water to Indigenous families.
They are a small Indigenous company with big ideas and are working towards being recognized in the global market as a diverse supplier of coffee which is Certified Organic Fair Trade and carrying the SPP Coop Symbol for Small Producers. They believe having meaningful labels on their products help consumers make better informed decisions for their families and in turn support the very families that grow and produce Birch Bark’s coffee. Birch Bark Coffee Company carries 6 diverse Coffee blends such as “Coureur des bois” a roast level 2 blend of Guatemalan and Ethiopian coffee, “Two-Spirit”- Roast level 2, “Dream catcher”-Roast level 5, “Indigenous Espresso”- Roast Level 5, “Inukshuk”- Roast level 5 and “Summer Solstice”- Roast level 6.

Founder, Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow claims that as a First Nations Entrepreneur, profiting from the business was never his first intentions, however a sustainable revenue still plays an essential role in his venture. Birch Bark Coffee Company aims to inspire future aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs interested in social enterprise as it becomes part of a new movement in business and entrepreneurship. Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow is Ojibwe and a Band Member of Whitefish River First Nation located on Birch Island, Ontario in the District of Manitoulin Island and is the founder of the Innovative First Nations social enterprise, Birch Bark Coffee Company and he is on a mission to change Indigenous lives across Canada.

Founded in March 2018, Birch Bark Coffee Company endeavours to be a revenue-generating business with a twist that maintains a balance between Indigenous social missions and the productivity of the coffee venture.

Mark’s interest in the Australian Market:

“As an Indigenous person, Australia would be an ideal Country to export too because of the Indigenous heritage that lies there. I also believe that while I have FAIR TRADE and organic coffee, I have SPP Certified coffee which I believe is not offered as of yet in Australia. Having an opportunity as a First Nations person to export to another country rekindles thoughts of our ancestors who were trading and exporting goods as early as the 1600's. To be part of this now helps our economy grow and shows other Indigenous businesses it is possible to grow your company.”

What makes your product unique?
Our product is unique for several reasons. We are one of only 3 companies in Canada carrying the SPP certification ( https://spp.coop/?lang=en ). Our coffee is Premium organic and Fair Trade too. We support Indigenous women and men producers of our coffee.

All our coffee is hand picked and blended so that consumers will remember their favourite blends. Our coffee is all roasted to order, and we are able to move large volumes. Our roasters are roasting a minimum of 5000lbs per day.

Our coffee is part of an initiative that aims to bring clean water to Indigenous families thus having a social impact. A social enterprise that is cause-driven with a pay-it-forward approach. Part of our pay-it-forward approach is also about giving back and Birch Bark does this by supporting a non-profit organization called Flower Cart Group (https://flowercart.ca/) The Flower Cart Group believes that everyone has the right to meaningful, challenging employment. They provide vocational service to adults considered to have an intellectual disability who reside in Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Flower Cart Group is a conglomeration of social enterprises serving a dual purpose – working to provide employment training opportunities that enrich the lives of participants and adding value for Valley businesses. We help by providing employment as every label on our coffee bags is put on by hand by these wonderful people.

We also provide an opportunity to consumers to have that 'feel good' feeling by knowing they are giving back, hence the pay-it-forward attitude. We are part of a fundamental shift that brings awareness to the importance of sustainability, ethical choices and the importance of organic products. Not to mention fair value to the farmers that produce our coffee.

What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?
The importance of equal opportunities for small Indigenous businesses to be able play a key role in our economy and having the opportunity to export on a larger scale.

What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
To develop a relationship with other countries/companies abroad who specifically are seeking to do business with Indigenous businesses like Birch Bark Coffee Company.

Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow

Website

Cheekbone Beauty

Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native, Canadian cosmetics company established in 2016 by Jennifer Harper.
Based out of St. Catharines, Ontario, Cheekbone Beauty is known for creating high-quality, cruelty-free beauty products. Products include liquid lipsticks, and complexion products, including contour and highlight palettes. Cheekbone Beauty’s aim is to not only make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth, but to also create a space in the beauty industry where Indigenous youth feel represented. They strive to help every Indigenous youth see and feel their enormous value in the world while developing sustainable colour cosmetics. They are also committed to changing the way we develop and sell our products. Becoming a sustainable cosmetics company allows them to focus on meeting the present’s needs without compromising the future of generations to come. Cheekbone Beauty offers 6 different shades of face palette, 4 shades of brow gel, 9 shades of lip-gloss, 19 shades of “Warrior Women Liquid Lipstick”, 6 shades of “SUSTAIN Lipstick”, 5 shades of “SUSTAIN Eyes” eye shadow pencils and eyeliner pencils.

Cheekbone Beauty’s founder, Jennifer Harper, has been making a name for herself in the beauty industry for several years, but quickly gained popularity after being on CBC’s hit show, Dragon’s Den. When Jenn founded Cheekbone Beauty in 2016, she was still tirelessly working a full-time high-level sales job in Toronto, Ontario while also living in Niagara. Throughout Jenn’s life, she struggled to accept her Indigenous roots and was estranged from her Indigenous family for much of her childhood and adult life. After learning about her grandmother’s experience in residential schools, she understood how her family was affected by generational trauma. This motivated her to understand and overcome her own struggle with alcoholism. Cheekbone Beauty continues to support the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) by donating 10% of profits to their program. Since launching Cheekbone Beauty in 2016, Jenn has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Social Enterprise Award at the 17th Annual Women in Business Awards hosted by the Women in Niagara (WIN) Council, and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce; as well as the Social Enterprise of the Year – Ontario Award through Start-Up Canada in 2018.

Cheekbone’s interest in the Australian Market:
“Cheekbone Beauty is participating in the Australian Market to network with other like-minded Indigenous SMEs. When SMEs work together to grow their networks, they help each other thrive!”

Founder, Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow claims that as a First Nations Entrepreneur, profiting from the business was never his first intentions, however a sustainable revenue still plays an essential role in his venture. Birch Bark Coffee Company aims to inspire future aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs interested in social enterprise as it becomes part of a new movement in business and entrepreneurship. Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow is Ojibwe and a Band Member of Whitefish River First Nation located on Birch Island, Ontario in the District of Manitoulin Island and is the founder of the Innovative First Nations social enterprise, Birch Bark Coffee Company and he is on a mission to change Indigenous lives across Canada.

Founded in March 2018, Birch Bark Coffee Company endeavours to be a revenue-generating business with a twist that maintains a balance between Indigenous social missions and the productivity of the coffee venture.

Mark’s interest in the Australian Market:
“As an Indigenous person, Australia would be an ideal Country to export too because of the Indigenous heritage that lies there. I also believe that while I have FAIR TRADE and organic coffee, I have SPP Certified coffee which I believe is not offered as of yet in Australia. Having an opportunity as a First Nations person to export to another country rekindles thoughts of our ancestors who were trading and exporting goods as early as the 1600's. To be part of this now helps our economy grow and shows other Indigenous businesses it is possible to grow your company.”

What makes your product unique?
Our product is unique for several reasons. We are one of only 3 companies in Canada carrying the SPP certification ( https://spp.coop/?lang=en ). Our coffee is Premium organic and Fair Trade too. We support Indigenous women and men producers of our coffee.

All our coffee is hand picked and blended so that consumers will remember their favourite blends. Our coffee is all roasted to order, and we are able to move large volumes. Our roasters are roasting a minimum of 5000lbs per day.

Our coffee is part of an initiative that aims to bring clean water to Indigenous families thus having a social impact. A social enterprise that is cause-driven with a pay-it-forward approach. Part of our pay-it-forward approach is also about giving back and Birch Bark does this by supporting a non-profit organization called Flower Cart Group (https://flowercart.ca/) The Flower Cart Group believes that everyone has the right to meaningful, challenging employment. They provide vocational service to adults considered to have an intellectual disability who reside in Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Flower Cart Group is a conglomeration of social enterprises serving a dual purpose – working to provide employment training opportunities that enrich the lives of participants and adding value for Valley businesses. We help by providing employment as every label on our coffee bags is put on by hand by these wonderful people.

We also provide an opportunity to consumers to have that 'feel good' feeling by knowing they are giving back, hence the pay-it-forward attitude. We are part of a fundamental shift that brings awareness to the importance of sustainability, ethical choices and the importance of organic products. Not to mention fair value to the farmers that produce our coffee.

What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission? The importance of equal opportunities for small Indigenous businesses to be able play a key role in our economy and having the opportunity to export on a larger scale.

What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
To develop a relationship with other countries/companies abroad who specifically are seeking to do business with Indigenous businesses like Birch Bark Coffee Company.

Jennifer Harper

Website

Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development

The Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development (ICLD) builds meaningful partnerships with community that inform a relationship that strengthens and empowers individuals and community through engaging in critical inquiry to facilitate creating an environment of Truth and Reconciliation.
In-turn long withstanding relationships are upheld through Honest, Trust, Determination and Understanding. The ICLD collaboratively employs and nurtures community Resurgence of Indigenous Knowledges and Traditional Worldview Frameworks with Contemporary Proficiencies that navigate toward building capacity in economic growth and human resource development toward self-determined empowerment. ICLD acknowledges the differentiations from community to community and works with identified unique strengths and opportunities toward building capacities within nation identified priorities.

The Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development (ICLD) work with Indigenous Communities to develop and deliver personalized training that is developed with respect for the wisdom within each community. ICLD is an Indigenous owned partnership. Their team of specialists, work within Frameworks of Cultural Safety and Competency and provide a wide spectrum of training and diligences ranging but not limited to, Personal Development, Human Resource Development, Capacity Building to Business Management and Indigenous Governance.

1. What makes your product unique?
Our underlying philosophy: We approach our stakeholders and partners with the knowledge that Inter-generational trauma has inundated our Indigenous Nations: Our relatives, Our families and Our communities AND continues to do so in many forms: Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and Spiritually. We carry with us, ‘All My Relations teachings,’ that inform us that we are all relatives. As Indigenous people we have witnessed many relatives express inter-generational trauma through a variety of coping strategies. We believe, ’Culture is Healing.’ When culture is thoughtfully, carefully and uniquely fused with western methodologies it can meet the unique needs when customized to any given relative. We culminate the best of both worldviews. In turn we honor all worldviews and realize that each relative carries that unique autonomous perspective.

Accordingly, our Programs are offered to honor diversity of the groups we work with:
Our Grief Recovery Method is based on the Grief Recovery Institute’s Program. The Grief Recovery Method is an evidence-based program designed to help grievers deal with loss and things they wished could have been better. ICLD has adapted the Grief Recovery Method to Indigenous cultures and learning styles. We believe that culture is a significant factor in healing, and that programs should be implemented with cultural sensitivity and competency at the forefront.

Our Employment Programs are also created with the same philosophy, one that embraces culture as an educational tool. Our programs focus on the unique strengths of Indigenous people as well as the individual strengths of our participants.

2. What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?

We would like to share perspectives on intergenerational trauma of the ‘stolen generation’ and the common impacts of colonialism on Indigenous people. We would also like to also share the some of the positive practices that have contributed to the well-being of Indigenous people.

3. What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
Our goals are to enhance ICLD Group’s visibility internationally and build avenues for partnerships on common goals and needs.

Mandy Sohi-Sellers (CEO)

D’Artagnan Newton (COO)

Website

Lead Horse

Lead Horse is a First Nations Owned distributor of industrial products serving multiple industries across North America.
Their chemical products are primarily detergents used in oil and gas, mining, and truck/vehicle wash operations, but also include cleaning and sanitation chemicals. Lead Horse also has the capability to customize a chemical product depending on a client’s specific application. Lead Horse serves industries such as hospitality & healthcare, agriculture/fisheries/forestry, mining/oil sands/oil & gas, truck/ vehicle wash, water & waste oil treatment, and industrial cleaning. Lead Horse’s business idea started with three people, bringing their individual strengths, experience, and a shared vision to bring great industrial products together with Canadian industry. They look to match their industry leading products with companies committed to supplier diversity and indigenous procurement.

Lead Horse’s international shipping has primarily been to the US and Mexico. They are partnered with Pacific Customs Brokers and are backed by a well established Canadian chemical manufacturer. Specific to the Agriculture/Aquaculture sectors, Lead Horse’s Defender All Purpose is a great all natural, biodegradable cleaner. It checks all the boxes that those sectors would want from an eco-friendly cleaner for their operations.

Lead Horse’s interest in the Australian Market:
“We distribute several industrial detergents across a wide spectrum of business. Businesses need to keep their offices safe and clean, their equipment in the shop or in the field cleaned, maintained, and ready to go. This is never going to change. What is changing are the standards that people, and consumers hold businesses to regarding effective, eco-friendly products. We see this trend in North America and Australia is surely the same.

We have a great lineup of product that address this need for effective and eco-friendly industrial detergents in several industries. Given Australia's giant mining industry, Prospect RPG Cleaner, is used as a cleaner, degreaser, and lubricant for giant mining mill gears under load. In other words, they can be used to clean the mining equipment without having to shut operations down. All oil and gas operations have to deal with wastewater disposal issues associated with drilling operations (drilling mud). They have to use demulsifiers to separate the oil from the water, so they can repurpose the waste oil and reclaim the water. Our demulsifiers are some of the most effective on the market. We hope that our involvement with this export mission will not only allow us to promote our products for agriculture/aquaculture and health/wellness, but will provide the foundation going forward for the opportunity to expand our network in Australia to serve the mining and oil & gas sectors.”

1. What makes your product unique?
All businesses use the types of industrial detergents, disinfectants, degreasers, and cleaning products Lead Horse carries. What makes our products unique is we have some eco-friendly, yet still extremely effective products businesses rely on to keep their workplaces safe and their operations running smoothly.

2. What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?
We would like to see if there are any synergies with our fellow Indigenous companies. For example, all businesses including the Indigenous businesses participating in this export mission probably require the COVID related disinfectant and hand sanitizer products which we carry. Also, we are interested in learning more about how we could help other Indigenous companies grow their business.

3. What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
Expectations for Day1 would be to see how we can match our products with the needs of Australian business and hopefully use the experience gained from this export mission to build a wider export business to service the Australian mining, oil & gas, and other industries. We have some great high-performance products that are perfectly suited for the demands of heavy industry while at the same time offering environmentally friendly solutions/alternatives to the types of products they use already. Expectations for Day 2 would be to build out our network of Indigenous business contacts with the hope that we can find ways to work together and strengthen connections, identify mutually beneficial opportunities, and grow the pie bigger for Indigenous businesses across Canada.

Jay Holt (CEO)

John Ludwig (COO)

Website

Maple Maskawâhtik

Maple Maskawâhtik is an Indigenous-owned Canadian virtual care venture.
Their virtual care platform connects patients to an array of healthcare providers, including General Practitioners, specialist physicians, and mental health providers.

Maple Maskawâhtik was formed to meet the needs of Canada’s Indigenous population and support Indigenous participation in one of Canada’s fastest growing industries - healthcare technology. They support governments and health care delivery organizations with implementing impactful and sustainable virtual care programs. They also partner with insurers and businesses to provide employees with virtual care as a benefit and other innovative healthcare programs including health and safety offerings and Covid-19 return to work support.

Maple Maskawahtik’s interest in the Australian Market:
“As a proud Canadian company, we are keen to expand our reach and impact globally, working with Australian businesses to advance their employee health and wellness through virtual care offerings and using our platform to advance access to healthcare for all citizens.”

1. What makes your product unique?
Maple Maskawâhtik is the only true 24/7/365 virtual care platform, offering healthcare to Canadians anytime, from anywhere. We offer on-demand visits with a general practitioner in less than 5 minutes and access to a broad range of specialty physicians and healthcare providers.
In Canada, we have a network of over 1500 physicians and healthcare professionals providing care to our patients. We saw our first patients in 2016 as a direct to consumer offering whereby any Canadian could quickly access a physician via a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Our business has grown to also include a business to business offering whereby we offer virtual health as an employee benefit and also our health delivery offerings where we power healthcare organizations to offer virtual care.

2. What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?
Maple Maskawâhtik’s endeavours to improve the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples through advancing the accessibility of culturally appropriate care through our virtual care platform. Moreover, as a majority Indigenous owned business our goal is to increase the economic participation of First Nations Peoples in the quickly growing field of healthcare technology.

3. What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
Our goal for the business-to-business introduction on Day 1 is to meet and connect with potential partners or clients and discuss how our virtual care platform and offerings could be used to benefit Indigenous Australians or Australian business.

In the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue, we look forward to connecting with like minded Indigenous owned businesses to discuss how together we can continue to improve the economic prosperity of our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada. We are excited to learn from others’ experiences in internationally expanding their Indigenous businesses and any lessons learned for Maple Maskawâhtik as we endeavour to continue to expand and make an impact.

Jauvonne Kitto

Jim Boucher

Website

Myera Group

Myera Group seeks to be a world leader in producing sustainable plant and animal-based proteins that have Indigenous “functional food”, properties.
Working with healers and scientists, Myera products are aligned to addressing chronic disease conditions such as diabetes, liver and kidney. The inclusion of Indigenous medicine / therapeutics is becoming of critical importance to our burdened health care system. The use of science to demonstrate the “dose/control”, of indigenous food products as medicine, is at the heart of the Myera’s passion.

Myera Group’s current focus has been on growing Wild rice from the organic nutrients of an Artic Char fish farm. This circular economy model, then combines the “wastes” from both the fish farm and wild rice (straw), in the creation of a soilless soil. Acknowledging most indigenous lands are not the most fertile, this allows a community for a community greenhouse to address food sovereignty as a corporate social responsibility priority. The circular economy demonstrates new models that allow a business to address real issues like food sovereignty, while creating real revenue generating businesses such as wild rice and fish for both domestic and international markets. Myera promotes the “future of food is medicine” and the “future of medicine is food”. Food as always been a vehicle to bring people of various cultures together to heal. Restorative agriculture is a promising path for economic and cultural reconciliation.

Myera group’s interest in the Australian Market:

“Myera Group has been working with the CRC Future Foods program in Australia in partnership with MITACs and The Canadian Protein Innovation Supercluster programs. The partnership is focused on the development of Indigenous Wild Rice. Myera is working with Queensland and Darwin University, and 6 post-secondary institutions in Canada. The collaboration is looking at indigenous wild rice strains in Canada and Australia that have both food and traditional medicine properties, allowing for value added product development.

As ocean caged fish farms are being closed down due to the organic loading, wild rice opens the opportunity for the development of Aquaculture, fish farming. This circular economy model, is a true reflection of indigenous business values, beliefs and a model for working with our Ecosystem to promote economic reconciliation while restoring important food and medicine back into both Indigenous and non- Indigenous cultures.”

1. What makes your product unique?
Maple Maskawâhtik is the only true 24/7/365 virtual care platform, offering healthcare to Canadians anytime, from anywhere. We offer on-demand visits with a general practitioner in less than 5 minutes and access to a broad range of specialty physicians and healthcare providers.
In Canada, we have a network of over 1500 physicians and healthcare professionals providing care to our patients. We saw our first patients in 2016 as a direct to consumer offering whereby any Canadian could quickly access a physician via a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Our business has grown to also include a business to business offering whereby we offer virtual health as an employee benefit and also our health delivery offerings where we power healthcare organizations to offer virtual care.

2. What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?
Maple Maskawâhtik’s endeavours to improve the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples through advancing the accessibility of culturally appropriate care through our virtual care platform. Moreover, as a majority Indigenous owned business our goal is to increase the economic participation of First Nations Peoples in the quickly growing field of healthcare technology.

3. What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
Our goal for the business-to-business introduction on Day 1 is to meet and connect with potential partners or clients and discuss how our virtual care platform and offerings could be used to benefit Indigenous Australians or Australian business.

In the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue, we look forward to connecting with like minded Indigenous owned businesses to discuss how together we can continue to improve the economic prosperity of our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada. We are excited to learn from others’ experiences in internationally expanding their Indigenous businesses and any lessons learned for Maple Maskawâhtik as we endeavour to continue to expand and make an impact.

Bruce Hardy

Website

Satya Organic Inc

Satya Organic Skin Care delivers all-natural, effective skin relief that's backed by science.
Formulated with only simple, USDA Certified Organic ingredients, Satya effectively soothes and relieves all forms of eczema and dry, itchy, or irritated skin — without the use of steroids or harsh chemicals. Satya is committed to making clean, effective, and safe skin relief accessible for everyone.

Satya started with a need. Satya owner and founder Patrice Mousseau's baby girl, Esme, developed eczema at only 8 months old and was scratching her arms and legs bloody. When her doctor prescribed steroids for her baby, Patrice knew there had to be a better alternative. Patrice started looking at what was on the pharmacy shelves — seeking something effective, non-toxic, fragrance-free, and backed by scientifically supported research — and couldn't find a single product that met her needs. Putting her journalist skills to good use, she started digging into existing medical research, traditional medicine, and the latest academic studies coming out of universities. Soon, Patrice was experimenting in her kitchen crockpot and eventually developed a formula that cleared Esme's eczema in just two days. Satya Organic was born! Patrice first began selling Satya in 2014 in local farmer's markets and a few stores. Today, Satya is now sold globally online on major retail platforms and in more than 900 retailers across Canada. Satya has helped thousands of skin warriors access clean, effective skin relief and is committed to continuing this mission in global markets such as Australia.

Satya Organics’ interest in the Australian Market:

“Satya has helped thousands of skin warriors access clean, effective skin relief and is committed to continuing this mission in global markets such as Australia.”
Myera Group’s current focus has been on growing Wild rice from the organic nutrients of an Artic Char fish farm. This circular economy model, then combines the “wastes” from both the fish farm and wild rice (straw), in the creation of a soilless soil. Acknowledging most indigenous lands are not the most fertile, this allows a community for a community greenhouse to address food sovereignty as a corporate social responsibility priority. The circular economy demonstrates new models that allow a business to address real issues like food sovereignty, while creating real revenue generating businesses such as wild rice and fish for both domestic and international markets. Myera promotes the “future of food is medicine” and the “future of medicine is food”. Food as always been a vehicle to bring people of various cultures together to heal. Restorative agriculture is a promising path for economic and cultural reconciliation.

Myera group’s interest in the Australian Market:

“Myera Group has been working with the CRC Future Foods program in Australia in partnership with MITACs and The Canadian Protein Innovation Supercluster programs. The partnership is focused on the development of Indigenous Wild Rice. Myera is working with Queensland and Darwin University, and 6 post-secondary institutions in Canada. The collaboration is looking at indigenous wild rice strains in Canada and Australia that have both food and traditional medicine properties, allowing for value added product development.

As ocean caged fish farms are being closed down due to the organic loading, wild rice opens the opportunity for the development of Aquaculture, fish farming. This circular economy model, is a true reflection of indigenous business values, beliefs and a model for working with our Ecosystem to promote economic reconciliation while restoring important food and medicine back into both Indigenous and non- Indigenous cultures.”

1. What makes your product unique?
Satya Organic Skin Care delivers all-natural, effective skin relief that's backed by science. Formulated with only simple, USDA Certified Organic ingredients, Satya effectively soothes and relieves all forms of eczema and dry, itchy, or irritated skin — without the use of steroids or harsh chemicals. Satya is one the first Health Canada and NPN-approved natural topical anti-inflammatory products in the Canadian market.
2. What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?
Satya is looking forward to engaging with new partners in the Australian market, seeking expertise on building sustainable relationships between Indigenous businesses and Australian business, gaining expertise on international expansion outside of North America, and providing insight to members of our Indigenous / Australian network on expanding into US markets.

3. What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
Satya is excited to explore potential new partnerships with the Australian network of buyers, agents and key government contacts. We are hoping for people to recognize the diverse uses of Satya for the broader consumer market in Australia, assess buyer and consumer trends, and discover which particular products spark the most interest amongst buyers. We are also looking forward to building two-way relationships that also open up opportunities for bringing Australian products into our Canadian e-commerce marketplaces.

Patrice Mousseau

Website

Tea Horse Ltd

Tea Horse is a majority Indigenous woman-owned tea and wild rice company co-founded by Denise Atkinson and Marc Bohemier in 2017.
Denise is a proud Ojibwe woman who was raised in a traditional land-based Anishnawbek home having spent her formative years alongside her maternal grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Wild rice (Ojibwe: manoomin) has been a staple food in Eastern Woodland Indigenous cultures for more than 5000 years and is the only grain indigenous to North America. Tea Horse has created a uniquely Canadian tea blend using 100% naturally organic Canadian wild rice and Japanese green tea. The inspiration for their tea blend rooted from Japanese Genmaicha “brown rice tea”.

At present, Tea Horse Teas source their tea and herbal infusions from Canadian tea experts who travel to the tea growing regions of the world and buy directly from the farmer or small producer. Their authentic, traditionally harvested wild rice is direct-sourced from Indigenous harvesters from the pristine lakes of Northwestern Ontario and is processed using minimal technology to ensure quality, nutrition, and flavour. Purchasing non-cultivated, natural wild rice supports Indigenous harvesters, preserves Indigenous food sovereignty and the ecosystem in which it grows. Tea Horse Teas’ products include ManoominCha: A Wild Rice and Bancha Green Tea, ManoominCha Dark: A Wild Rice and Hojicha Green Tea and Manoominaaboo: A Wild Rice Tisane.

Tea Horse’s interest in the Australian Market:
“As Australia is a producer of quality tea, we see an opportunity to foster collaborative relationships with Australian tea growers (the Australian Tea Growers Cooperative), and the food and beverage industry.

At Tea Horse, we blend unique, Indigenous ingredients (wild rice, wild blueberries, and maple sugar flakes) with premium teas from around the world.

Our vision is to create a fusion of Australian tea and Indigenous Canadian and Australian Ingredients (Guradji) that will showcase the authentic culinary flavours of both countries.”

Denise Atkinson

Website

Triden Solutions

Triden was founded with a clear mission – to eliminate the excessive plastic waste that is
dumped in our oceans and landfills as a result of the cleaning products industry.
They collaborate with people from all around the world who put our people and planet first, which led them to design a full suite of solutions and services that are aimed at a zero-waste future.

Triden helps businesses and communities’ transition into a sustainable and resilient future by providing them with a suite of products and services that combine health and wellness, touchless technology, and environmental accountability. Their products include a range of automatic hand sanitizer dispensers crafted from stainless steel, alongside accompanying Canadian-certified soaps and sanitizers. Customers get the freedom to fill their dispensers with any sanitizer of their choice and use five adjustable liquid levels to prevent excess sanitizer waste which in turn saves them money over time.

They are one of the only Canadian companies in this industry who also offer full-services which means their dispensers arrive pre-assembled for easy setup, access to an on-site installation team to help, ongoing maintenance and repairs, in-house design work, and printing for custom branded signage.

Triden Solution’s interest in the Australian Market:
“Australia is home to a brand of leaders who have an exceptional ability in building trust with their teams, which is especially important for transformative, collective action in times of uncertainty, such as during a pandemic. Their leadership enables them to respond to challenges swiftly and effectively owing to their commitment in cultivating their craft of mateship, where they walk alongside their fellow mates with humanity and fairness, while taking responsibility and accountability in protecting their home.

My interest in the Australian market is to walk alongside these great people and share our Canadian innovations designed to protect our fellow mates. Through strong collaboration of the public and private sectors, I believe we can accomplish great milestones together.”

1. What makes your product unique?
Our lineup of automatic soap/sanitizer dispensers are one of the only products in the industry that are designed to reduce waste and plastic consumption. Current soap/sanitizer dispensers on the market are made with significant amounts of plastic components and they require users to purchase proprietary single-use plastic refill cartridges that are costly and wasteful. Our automatic soap dispensers are made with stainless steel which lasts a lifetime and users are given the freedom to refill the dispensers with any soap or sanitizer of their choice which eliminates the need for single-use plastic cartridges or small plastic bottles. Additionally, our dispensers have adjustable dosage levels, including a unique low-dosage setting that significantly reduces the amount of wasted soap or sanitizer, thereby saving the user money over time.

2. What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?
Triden Solutions is open to contributing in any way we can!

3. What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?
I'm hoping we can learn how to navigate the hurdles of exporting to another country. Australia is an entirely different market that is new for me so I'm hoping there will be demand from potential buyers for our products.

Derek Douglas

Website

Up the Hill at Loakin

Up the Hill at Loakin is an Indigenous Canadian owned and operated botanical products and services Company.
They manufacture and distribute special blend botanical Body Creams, Herbal Remedies, Bath Salts, Soaps, Botanical Tea Blends, spiritual blend Mist/Sprays and custom created Gift Packages for customers or visiting guests. Up the Hill at Loakin is a trusted supplier to Indigenous communities, corporations and individual customers for botanical gift packages, botanical remedies and personal care products. They are registered with the Government of Canada Suppliers List. Their featured Indigenous botanical ingredients are ethically harvested from the traditional, unceded territory.

Up the Hill at Loakin is owned by June Anthony-Reeves, an Indigenous Canadian woman. Together with two other amazing Indigenous women she operates her business right in her own traditional unceded territory of Secwepemculecw. They specialize in manufacturing authentic Indigenous Canadian botanical remedies and personal care products using Indigenous healing knowledge and culture. They honor and respect the land we harvest our medicines from. They are a trusted botanical products supplier to large corporations, Indigenous communities, and individual clients across Canada to provide gift packages and personal care products. Up the Hill at Loakin makes creams, balms, salves, spiritual mists, teas, smudge mixture, and remedies for self care.

Up the Hill and Loakin’s interest in the Australian Market:

“Doing business with Australia is a positive move for our Company. We offer you the work we do as an authentic Indigenous botanical company to share our Indigenous knowledge, culture and expertise in the healing arts to your country. Up the Hill at Loakin botanical medicines are ethically harvested and prepared in our unceded traditional territory of Secwepemculecw to protect and preserve the environment. Regarding complementary Medicines, Australia data indicates 7 out of 10 Australians use a complementary product for their health and this trend is growing. We want to be part of that market growth. Our primary focus is to improve family health - physically, socially and culturally.”

1. What makes your product unique?

Up the Hill at Loakin specializes in manufacturing and selling Indigenous botanical remedies and personal care botanical products using Indigenous healing knowledge and culture. We recognize a demand for authentic Indigenous export products, and we are being strategic in our export and marketing efforts to expand our sales market. We are a trusted botanical products supplier to large corporations, Indigenous communities, and individual clients across Canada to provide botanical based gift packages/individual products for their national and international visiting guests. We have highly trained, motivated & committed project team members to leverage best practices in export, sales, leadership, manufacturing, production & transformational coaching. Staff are trained in Indigenous protocols to gather, prepare, and share plant medicines. We are an Indigenous female owned and operated business in Canada. We use Indigenous Canadian culture and knowledge from start to end production of our products and services.

2. What would you like to contribute to the Indigenous-to-Indigenous export dialogue on Day 1 of the Mission?

Authentic Indigenous Canadian products and services using traditional Indigenous knowledge and culture to create botanical products blend of traditional indigenous knowledge and formal training used to product development Up the Hill at Loakin manufactures and distributes special blend body creams, herbal remedies, bath salts, soaps, tea blends, spiritual blend mist/sprays, and custom created gift packages for you. An Indigenous Medicine Woman’s Way transformational program is being developed. We honor and respect the land we walk on and the medicines she provides to us. We follow Indigenous Secwepemc environmental cultural protocols when gathering, preparing, and sharing our medicines with others. We always leave enough plant medicine to regenerate for next year. New staff are trained in these sacred protocols for gathering and producing our products as well.

3. What are your goals and expectations for the whole Mission?

Our goal is to make connections with Australian businesses who have an interest in Indigenous Canadian botanical products that are ethically produced in Canada. We want to learn from Australian Indigenous companies as well in their traditional and cultural practices they use to operate their businesses.

June-Anthony Reeves

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