Giving back to the land and Indigenous communities is at the heart of who we are.
Sḵwálwen gives back through two key initiatives: our Ceremony Series and the hiýáḿ Project. The Ceremony Series is a seasonal offering of small batch, handmade skincare and wellness experiences. 10% of proceeds of each Ceremony release are donated to organizations that support Indigenous causes. To date, we have donated $3,500 between The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (Vancouver), Tr'ondek Hwech'in Youth Centre (Dawson City), Indigenous Women Outdoors (Squamish), and Lytton First Nation.
The hiýáḿ Project is a collaboration with Satinflower Nurseries that facilitates thousands of seeds planted on Indigenous lands. Launched in spring 2021, the first stage of the project incorporated a 1:1 model, with coastal mugwort seed packets distributed to Sḵwálwen customers in tandem with the Pauquachin, Scia'new, and Tsartlip communities on southern Vancouver Island.
In support of the hiýáḿ Project, we have partnered with Supported Soul on the Resurgence Collection ~ eco-friendly yoga mats featuring designs from Coast Salish artist Ocean Hyland with consultation on the botanicals and Squamish language elements from our founder Leigh. 12.5% of mat sales are donated to the hiýáḿ Project. The Resurgence Collection is available at www.supportedsoul.com.
Through its philanthropic partnerships, Sḵwálwen elevates Indigenous communities and shines a light on the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples.