With the holidays quickly approaching, the rush to go through your Christmas shopping list has begun.
This year, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember to shop local. The Region of Waterloo is located on the indigenous lands of the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River and the territories of the Neutral, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. So what better way to shop locally than to support Indigenous businesses? Here are seven local Indigenous businesses where you can shop for the holidays:
Cory Bilyea (EagleEyes Photography and Media Productions)
Give wonderful memories by sharing photos of your family and loved ones. EagleEyes Photography specializes in engagement and wedding photos, pet photography, family photos and event photography.
Located in St. Jacobs, Kultrun Market is a fair and ethical produce market specializing in clothing, bath and body products, jewelry, home décor and household products. This family business is proud to support artists’ cooperatives, producers and designers of clothing.
Creations from the hills
Susan Hill is a Six Nations Haudenosaunee artist with over 25 years of experience working in beadwork and leatherwork. Her colorful jewelry, moccasins and accessories are great gifts to slip under the Christmas tree.
Sari Donnis creations
Sari Chehowy is a third generation beader who makes intricate earrings using brick stitch handcrafted craftsmanship, which is done one bead at a time. Her colorful earrings make great gifts.
Trippie Hippie Co.
Renee Jewell is an Anishnaabe / Haudenosaunee artist who makes beautiful stained glass. Its striking pieces add color and light to a home and would make a perfect gift for a loved one.
The little wolf and the willow
Maddie Resmer is a Two-Spirit Algonquin artist who specializes in beadwork and performs wearable acts of Indigenous resilience in the form of beaded earrings.
Veronica is a First Nations artist who specializes in making personalized dreamcatchers. They also make pearl earrings.
Correction December 8, 2021 – This article was modified from a previous version which misspelled EagleEyes Photography. Cambridge Times regrets the error.