Pow Wow Pitch Box set to feature fourteen products from Indigenous vendors from across Turtle Island
Today, Pow Wow Pitch, North America’s premier pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs, presented in partnership with RBC, Shopify and Mastercard, announced the contents of the 2023 Pow Wow Pitch Box, featuring fourteen selected products from Indigenous businesses. Each box is priced at $150 plus tax and shipping, with a market value of more than $250 with all funds used to procure products from the Indigenous businesses featured in the box.
Pow Wow Pitch provides emerging Indigenous-owned businesses with the opportunity to gain exposure and recognition, and access support, mentorship and funding to take their business to the next level. The Pow Wow Pitch Box is a collaborative initiative of Pow Wow Pitch to procure products from the Indigenous entrepreneurs to support and provide a platform for the entrepreneurs to reach hundreds of new customers.
This year, Pow Wow Pitch has featured fourteen products spanning from bath, body, and stationary, to apparel, home, and food products. In addition, the box is also presented with art from Indigenous artists like Louie Gong’s iconic Hummingbird Design and Tenille K. Campbell’s ‘What If’ poem written for Indigenous entrepreneurs.
Spotlight on this year’s Pow Wow Pitch Box products and vendors:
‘You Are Sacred’ Vinyl Sticker
From Eagle Woman Prints, founded by Jenna Valiquette, the handmade sticker is approximately 3×3 inches and is perfect for adding a touch of Indigenous ways of knowing to your belongings. Featuring the powerful message “You Are Sacred,” this sticker is a reminder of the importance of mental health and serves as a way to honour and celebrate Indigenous culture. Made with high-quality vinyl, this black and white sticker is waterproof, durable and long-lasting, ensuring that its minimalist yet powerful message will stay visible for years to come.
Grandma Treesaw’s Yukon Bannock Original Mix
From Grandma Treesaw’s Yukon Bannock, founded by Teresa Ward, is a Teslin Tlingit-style bannock mix that is “fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside and oh so yummy!” This staple is good to eat any time of the day or night, and can pair well with any meal. Enjoy this taste of Yukon First Nation-style Bannock.
‘Take Care Of Yourself’ Unlined Notebook
From 4 Generations Creations, founded by Ashley Michel, the soft cover, unlined notebook features a design inspired by Secwépemc’ulucw heritage and the traditional plants of Yarrow, Wild Raspberry, Juniper, & Balsamroot Sunflower. Take care of all of your thoughts and notes with this beautiful design as a reminder of growth and knowledge.
Double Strap Shoulder Bag
From MINI TIPI, co-founded by Trisha Pitura and Melanié Bernard, the double strap shoulder bag comes in an assortment of three patterns designed by Indigenous artists. It’s perfectly oversized for you to bring along for a day at the beach, your yoga or workout class, grabbing a few things at the grocery store, and work. You’ll fall in love with the eco-friendly fabric and unique pattern. This bag is lined with a thick black cotton, with one internal pocket to slip a phone, keys and cards that can be accessed quickly.
Indigenomics – Taking a Seat and the Economic Table
Written by Carol Anne Hilton, Indigenomics lays out the tenets of the emerging Indigenous economy, built around relationships, multigenerational stewardship of resources, and care for all.
Travel Size Sweetgrass Candle
From Indigenously Infused, founded by Robyn Ivory Pierson, experience the calming essence of Sweetgrass no matter where you are with an Indigenously Infused Travel Size Candle. Each candle is hand-poured and topped with the traditional medicines.
Á7PAWTN – Muscle Salve
From Skwalwen Botanicals, founded by Leigh Joseph & Rose Williams, Á7PAWTN (pa-pow-tin) translates to “plant that relieves sore muscles.” This powerful muscle salve is made with oils of nettle and arnica – natural plant ingredients that help ease sore muscles. Experience deep relief along with a soothing tingly sensation created from peppermint essential oil.
From aaniin retail inc., founded by Chelsee Pettit, the aaniin (hello) a classic, 100% cotton crew sock. Start the conversation with aaniin.
RainSong Soap Bar
From RavenSong Soaps, owned by Alli Asu, enjoy the scent of cedar and green leaves anchored with heart notes of jasmine, amber + Tonka drift through the air with the RainSong soap bar.
Diamondback Juice Hot Sauce
From Navajo Mike’s, founded by Michael John, spice up any meal with Diamondback Juice. The habanero and fresno chili sauce blended with spices that define the Southwest.
Turtle Island Bath Bomb
From Roots + Raven, founded by Tanya Gluvakov, the Turtle Island Bath Bomb is inspired by the Skywoman creation story. This bath bomb combines blue butterfly pea flower powder and French green clay to detoxify and nourish your skin. Lightly scented with pure juniper berry essential oil and cedar leaf. Topped with wild harvested juniper berries and cedar from the land.
Flower Pattern Lanyard
From Kokom Scrunchies, founded by the Beaudry family in Kitigan Zibi, this colourful lanyard is a stylish addition to your everyday wear, inspired by traditional kokom scarves.
Traditional Maple Syrup
From Wabanki Maple, founded by Jolene Johnson, their Traditional Maple Syrup is sourced from the territories of the Wabanaki, specifically the home of the Mi’kmaq & Wolastoqiyik Peoples. Wabanaki Maple’s golden, grade-A maple syrup is renowned for its classic and flavour through our sophisticated blend.
Films from Kejic Production
Pow Wow Pitch Box recipients will receive special access to three films created by Kejic Productions and Produced by Founder and CEO Erica Daniels:
Bimibatoo-win – Where I Ran
Seven Sacred Laws
Run As One – The Journey of the Front Runners.
Quantities are limited for the 2023 Pow Wow Pitch Box, buy yours now at powwowpitch.org/box.