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 $4,955 between The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, Tr'ondek Hwech'in Youth Centre, Indigenous Women Outdoors, Lytton First Nation, Minwaashin Lodge, Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society, Gidimt'en Yintah Access and The Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC).
The Hiýáḿ Project is a collaboration with Satinflower Nurseries that facilitates thousands of seeds planted on Indigenous lands. Launched in spring 2021, the project has distributed coastal mugwort and nettle seed packets to multiple Indigenous communities on the mainland and 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 Hhiýáḿ 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.