In addition to artistic and industry offerings, imagineNATIVE will be ‘gifting from the spirit and for the spirit’. Items and goods will be gifted through physical and digital giveaways throughout the Festival highlighting Indigenous artists and companies. Grounded in expressions of generosity, the giveaways will acknowledge the continued support and work from our communities. This year will mark an opportunity for imagineNATIVE to mobilize and connect in new, creative and exciting ways!  

We are grateful to the artisans, Indigenous-owned companies and organizations that have partnered with us in gifting to our Festival participants and attendees this year.

In seeking to support our community and kin through a global pandemic, we have been working with large-scale companies to offer over $23,000 in gift cards for food and health care products. Additionally, we have purchased gift packages from Indigenous-owned companies and makers across our Nations to share with audiences and artists through a daily draw during the Festival.

Whether it be food, body care, literature, art, apparel or traditional hand-made items, we have sought out a variety of products that will support and uplift our community. We see these gifts as a gesture of hope and solidarity and hope you will enjoy them as much as we do! 

Same-day or Multi-pass holders at the imagineNATIVE 2021 Festival can opt-in from the confirmation email to win gift cards from the following:
Iron Dog Books
Iron Dog Books
“Owned and operated by Cliff and Hilary Atleo and rooted in the core belief that books should be affordable and accessible, Iron Dog Books is an Indigenous-owned bookshop and booktruck dedicated to bringing great books to Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territories (metro Vancouver).

As indigenous people (Nuu Chah Nulth/Tsimsian and Anishinaabe/Settler) we care deeply about our home communities and strive always to move forward in a way that benefits our people and our environment. Book ownership and reading are powerful tools for self-determination and engagement – we are so proud that Iron Dog Books can be part of the next chapter of bookshops.”

Kokum Scrunchies
Kokum Scrunchies
Kokom Scrunchies was created by Mya, a talented 10 year old from Kitigan Zibi. She makes sure that all Kokom Scrunchies are handmade with love. What started off as an idea, has taken Mya on a path of bringing Kokom Scrunchies to everyone, young and old.


Events: Opening Night Party, Closing Gala
Native Love Notes
Native Love Notes
Amy Jackson the owner of Nativelovenotes is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation & The Pas, Manitoba. Nativelovenotes is currently operating out of Treaty One territory, aka, Winnipeg while Amy completes her Masters Degree in Native Studies. Nativelovenotes hopes to make people laugh bringing indigenous humour to life through stickers, prints, and merchandise.


Event: Art Crawl – Speed Dating
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The Yukon Soaps Company
So much more than soap.
Indigenous owned and operated, The Yukon Soaps Company creates beautiful, hand-crafted soaps, shampoo bars, essential oil blends, and so much more.
Featuring wild rose petals, juniper berries, a Yukon-shaped press, and the beadwork of Indigenous artisans, these soaps are literally infused and imprinted with the spirit of the Yukon.
Along with hand-crafting soaps, sole proprietor Joella Hogan has worked to make Yukon Soaps a community building, language learning, earth connecting, hub in the heart of the Yukon—the small town of Mayo.


Events: Art Crawl – Speed Dating, Industry Networking, The Beat
Quw'utsun' Made
Quw’utsun’ Made
Combining Ancestral Knowledge & Northwest Native Plant Extracts.
Connecting our Modern Life with the Natural World.


Event: Opening Night Party
Shades of Gray Indigenous Pet Treats Co.
Shades of Gray Indigenous Pet Treats Co.
Shades of Gray is a family started, Canadian owned business that was inspired because of the food allergies that plague our daughters and a need for healthy dietary. This need led us to the discovery of the health benefits that rabbit meat gives, not only to humans but for our pets too and this led to us to raising rabbits.
Growing up on a farm with parents owning a butcher shop; it was a natural decision for the farm to start selling Federally inspected rabbits to local butcher shops, grocery stores and restaurants, thus the business grew so did our products.

Event: Reservation Dogs Panel

Sḵwálwen Botanicals
Sḵwálwen Botanicals
Sḵwálwen Botanicals is an Indigenous skincare brand that honours cultural knowledge, Indigenous plant science and self care. Founded by ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph of Squamish First Nation, Sḵwálwen (skwall – win) provides gentle and effective skincare products that draw from the ceremonial aspects of plants. Incorporating sustainably harvested and sourced botanicals, nourishing plant-derived butters, and organic oils, Sḵwálwen unites ancestral traditions with modern beauty rituals, empowering people to connect to themselves and the natural world.


Event: Welcome Gathering
<meta charset="utf-8">Good Minds Books
Good Minds Books remains a leading source of Indigenous education resources for schools and libraries in North America, while continuing to promote Indigenous authors, illustrators and translators

Events: Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy & The Beat
<meta charset="utf-8">Uasau Soap
Uasau Soap
Uasau soap uses cultural healing in a modern why, to help ease skin conditions. (eczema, siriasis, dry skin and skelp.) incorporating the Bowhead whale and the NUNA into her products, Bernice has been able to help many Inuit across the Arctic and throughout Canada ease the pain of their skin conditions.
While running Uasau Bernice has had the privilege to sit on many panels, and most recently she took part in ISHKODE, (Inspiring Indigenous Independence) powered by Shopify.


Events: Industry Micro Meetings, Cousins, Closing Gala
Firefly Creative Writing
Firefly Creative Writing
WIFT (Women in Film & Television Toronto)
WIFT (Women in Film & Television Toronto)
Attend any or all of the following events and more and get a chance to win gift cards from indigenous-owned companies. Keep your eyes out on social media during the events, where an imagineNATIVE representative will outline the process of participating.

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