Archive for March, 2010

The Board Books Are In!!!

“We want people to know more about our rich and diverse culture that has thrived in this area for thousands of years.  These books are an excellent tool to showcase Northwest Coast culture to a younger audience.” – Terry Starr, Tsimshian

We’re thrilled to announce that our children’s Board Books have arrived…and they look great!  We’ve produced four titles of colourful, educational books: Learn to Count, Learn the Alphabet, Learn the Colours, and Learn & Play, all illustrated with authentic art by First Nations and Native American artists.  Each book is printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks and a water-based protective coating.

Providing safe, non-toxic products for children is important to us here at Native Northwest, but we’re also extremely proud to be on the forefront of providing educational tools with a focus on Native art and culture. With each book we hope to encourage learning and literacy amongst Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children alike.

So far, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from children, educators, caregivers and retailers, prompting us to continue developing more resources for early childhood development.  If you have any bright ideas for educational tools you would like to see offered please don’t hesitate to get in touch…we’d love to hear from you!

Learn the Colours, Learn to Count, Learn the Alphabet, and Learn & Play - illustrated by various Native artists

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Supporting Community

We are proud to introduce one of our most innovative and socially conscious products for 2010…Renewal Spirits!  Renewal Spirits are a unique gift idea that encourage and inspire respect of our community and our environment.

Renewal Spirits are made by a social enterprise that improves the lives of women through skills training, employment counseling, and work opportunities.  Each inspirational wooden ornament is crafted with care by women from Canada’s poorest neighbourhood, a large percentage of whom are of First Nations descent.  Our Renewal Spirits provide an opportunity for these women to acquire new skills while connecting to their Native art and culture.

In addition to fostering social innovation, our Renewal Spirits also align nicely with our commitment to producing environmentally sustainable products.  Renewal Spirits are crafted from pine infected by pine beetle.  Pine trees affected by pine beetle account for millions of hectares of damaged forests from northern British Columbia, through Montana and Colorado, all the way to Mexico.  While it’s devastating losing these trees, it’s even more devastating to think that the usable wood will be left to decay in the forests before it can be logged.  We are proud to contribute to the production of value-added products made from this wood and take pleasure in knowing we have helped maintain sustainable forests and communities.

We look forward to continuing our work with this social enterprise and introducing more products that combine environmental, social, and design innovation.

Our collection of Renewal Spirits by various artists

Merchandise our Renewal Spirits with this attractive wooden stand made by the same social enterprise