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  • 26 Feb 2024 by Amy Robinson

    Our primary goal with the BC Buy Local campaign is to connect local business promotional efforts to the larger buy-local movement in B.C. to garner greater media attention, increase local business purchasing, reinforce customer loyalty, and improve local government support for small and local businesses, both consumer and business-facing. Thanks to the support of our partners, we have consistently delivered the high level of engagement needed to meet this goal, allowing us to continue creating a significant, lasting impact on communities, local businesses, and the B.C. economy.

    In 2023 we expanded the buy local campaign to include more consistent postings on major purchasing holidays and a new campaign aimed at a business-to-business audience. The new Amplify Local campaign was launched during Canadian Small Business Week, with a video ad throughout the week, workshops for business, and daily posts with a call to action.  

     Our holiday consumer campaign (BC Buy Local Week - Nov.27-Dec.3) achieved the consistently high level of engagement we have achieved over the years. In 2023 we allowed our partners more flexibility in the delivery of their video ads to better coincide with specific community needs and timelines. Several partners chose to run their ads outside BC Buy Local Week. As a result, the impressions and engagement for those ads are not included in the statistics reported here, which is a departure from previous years. We expect our results to increase once these deliverables have been completed.

    Overall, both campaigns achieved an average of 50% engagement, an increase of 5% compared to last year’s engagement rate of 45%. The engagement on our partner ads was 76%, an increase of 8% compared to last year's engagement of 68%. We expect this to increase after all partner video ads have been delivered.


    A BIG THANK YOU to all of our BC Buy Local 2023 partners! B.C. Buy Local provides a platform for community partners to activate the campaign in their communities, relying almost entirely on the shared contributions of our community partners.

  • 27 Nov 2023 by LOCO BC

    Earlier this year LOCO BC worked with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to assess the economic impact of BC’s independent retailers. The full report contains data for all of Canada; our summary released this month focuses on the results for BC.

    The survey found that BC independent retailers recirculate 66% of their revenue within the province, equal to the Canadian average, and the second highest in the country. Multinational Corporations (MNCs) with physical stores in Canada were found to have a recirculation of 11% and large online platforms with no retail stores were found to have a recirculation of 8%. In comparison, independent retailers in BC have 6 times the economic benefit of multinationals with retail stores in the province, and 8 times the economic benefit of big online platforms with no retail stores.

    Two-thirds of every dollar spent with BC’s independent retailers is recirculated locally:

    • 5 ¢ in profits/dividends to BC owners
    • 22 ¢ in wages/benefits to BC employees
    • 27 ¢ for goods from other BC-owned businesses
    • 8 ¢ for services from other BC-owned businesses
    • 4 ¢ to local charitable causes

    A public opinion poll conducted as part of the research found that 83% of BC consumers feel it’s important that the money they spend is redistributed in their communities. However, they underestimate the amount that local businesses recirculate by almost 1/2, while also overestimating the amount that MNCs and online platforms do by up to 3.4 times. Although 83% of BC consumers would like to do more shopping at independent businesses, 53% report doing more of their shopping at multinationals and large online retailers than they did 5 years ago.

    In Canada, 13% of consumers report shopping more at small independent retailers, while 87% report shopping more at big businesses. In BC, consumers are more supportive of independent retailers. with 18% of consumers reporting that they shop more at small independent retailers, while 82% report shopping more at big businesses.

    Download the BC Summary here and the Canada-wide report  here.

  • 31 Oct 2023 by LOCO BC

    In 2023 we worked with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and our buy local partners across BC to assess the impact of independent retailers, in the first pan-Canadian study of the impact of local business.

    Small and local retailers make important contributions to their communities, and to provincial and Canadian economies.. They add to the vibrancy of the local areas they operate in, provide employment, buy local goods and services, and support local causes, organizations, teams and events. Unfortunately, they face many challenges competing with big, multinational retailers and online giants, and in dealing with consumers undervaluing the significant economic benefits of shopping small. This report analyzes how Canadian small businesses in the retail sector make direct financial contributions to their local economies and how these contributions set them apart from multinational retailers and online giants. 

    Key Findings:

    • On average in Canada, purchases from Canadian owned retail businesses recirculate 66 cents of every dollar within the provincial economy where they are based, compared with only 11 cents of every dollar for multinationals with physical locations in Canada, and only 8 cents for every dollar for online giants.
    • The average recirculation for independent retailers has been determined for each Canadian province. It ranges from a low of 59 cents per dollar in Quebec, to a high of 70 cents per dollar in Ontario. The average in BC is 66 cents per dollar, the same as the Canadian average. 
    • Consumers underestimate the recirculation impact of independent businesses (by almost 2X), overestimate the recirculation impact of multinational retailers with brick and mortar locations (by more than 3X), and overestimate the recirculation impact of online giants (by more than 2X).
    • Nearly all (97%) of independent retailers contribute to their communities in some way, 3/4 donate cash,  goods/services or time to local causes, and more than 1/2 support local organizations, teams, and events.
    • 55% of consumers say they shop more now at large retailers than they did 5 years ago. 84% say they would like to do more of their shopping at independent businesses, and 4 in 5 report that consumers should do what they can to support small businesses. 

    Download the report here. 

    CFIB Graphic Representing Local Retail Recirculation Compared to Multinationals

  • 15 Sep 2023 by LOCO BC

    As a follow-up to B.C. Buy Local Week each year, we survey independent businesses to understand the effectiveness of buy local campaigns in the province, and uncover the biggest policy issues affecting them. Here are the highlights:

    • Many businesses see benefits: Many businesses report a positive impact from buy local campaigns in their area. Since campaigns are aimed at consumers, it's not surprising that consumer businesses report slightly higher levels of impact. The highest impact is reported by consumer businesses who are engaged in the campaign. This tells us that you get out what you put in - the more engaged a business is in promoting the campaign, the more likely they are to report a benefit. 
    • There are many important benefits: Businesses report that the top five benefits are: 1) Increased local purchasing in their business, 2) Increased awareness of their business' impact, 3) Increased media attention, 4) Collaboration, purchasing and mutual support among local businesses, and 5) More customer traffic. Answers vary slightly based on business type. 
    • Engagement is up: Active promoters of campaigns have increased to 33%. A further 22% are passively involved through a campaign partner or business group, however, 44% still say they do not participate.
    • Public awareness is up: 47% report that public awareness of the importance of supporting local businesses increased in the past year.
    • Public policy issues affecting business: Businesses report that the top five policy issues affecting them are: 1) Inflation, 2) Labour Issues (including a lack of affordable housing), 3) Supply Chain Issues, 4) Credit Card Fees, and 5) Commercial Affordability. 


  • 16 Jun 2023 by LOCO BC

    There are so many places to find Indigenous-Owned Businesses in BC. Here are a few resources. Let us know if there's any we've missed.


    Port of Vancouver

    Greater Vancouver Harbour Authority

    South Island Directory

    Native Women’s Association of Canada

    Stó:lō Business Directory

    NA wide directory

    Consumer Businesses

    Small Business BC Marketplace
    Shop First Nations

    Indigenous Tourism

    Indigenous Tourism BC

  • 24 Mar 2023 by LOCO BC

    Help us measure the impact of Buy Local Campaigns in B.C.! Our annual survey is a key resource to help LOCO BC, and other campaigns in the province continue to support independent businesses.

    Please fill it in below or here. It should take only 10 minutes, and we offer two gifts for your time. We are so grateful for your time! 


  • 14 Dec 2022 by LOCO BC

    Make your purchasing this season count! When you buy from woman-owned, BIPOC-owned, social enterprises, and more this season, you help create all the economic benefits of local purchasing, with a few extra social benefits.  

    Gift Social this holiday

    When you purchase from a social enterprise, you get great products and services, while supporting a business with a social goal. Many provide employment to those with barriers to employment. Give a gift that gives back this holiday! Visit Buy Social Canada for all the ways to #GiftSocial. 

    Gift BIPOC Owned this holiday

    When you purchase from businesses owned by entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour, you help support those who have to work harder to succeed against systemic racism. Give a gift that gives back this holiday! Check out all our resources on supporting BIPOC-owned businesses

    Check our LOCO BC's #BCBuyLocal features on black-owned businesses as part of Black History Month.

    Check our LOCO BC's #BCBuyLocal features on Indigenous-owned businesses as part of Indigenous Peoples' Month.

  • 27 Nov 2022 by LOCO BC

    LOCO BC conducted research on consumer support for local in the fall of 2022, to provide a nationwide snapshot of consumer patterns and preferences. After an extensive literature review, we surveyed more than 850 Canadians in all regions, and people of all genders, ages and incomes, and conducted several follow-up interviews.

    We found that:

    1. Local businesses are still dominating in-store purchasing, capturing 54% of spending
    2. Non-local purchasing dominates online purchasing, capturing 56% of spending
    3. Consumers make local product purchases at multinationals - 20% often, and 55% sometimes
    4. Annual leakage to multinationals from consumer non-local purchasing in BC alone is estimated at $53 Billion; in Canada, leakage is $389 Billion    

    Consumers are always weighing a multitude of factors when making purchasing decisions. Given record inflation and high-interest rates, we expected that price would be the top consumer criterion, however, product quality was reported as most important in all cases. Availability is another standout purchasing criterion, perhaps not so much of a surprise following several years of supply chain disruptions. The single top attribute that consumers consider when purchasing reported are product quality, price, free shipping, better service, and availability. When we assess the top two reported attributes, we get a similar list but reordered: quality, availability, price, better service, and free shipping. The single top in-store attribute that consumers consider when shopping are product quality, price, better service, availability, and locally grown. Although many of the local attributes are not in the top five purchasing criteria, consumers report that they place importance on local products, local ownership, and company values. We can conclude that if other attributes like quality and availability are similar, local attributes like local production and ownership rise in consumer weighting. A very small percentage of consumers attributed no importance to local attributes like "locally grown", "locally made" or local ownership of the business.

    Consumers reported that the businesses they consider most local are farmer's markets, independent grocers, independent retailers, independent restaurants, and businesses owned within the city/town/region. More so than provincially or Canadian-owned businesses, consumers consider locally owned franchises and any nearby grocers to be most local, perhaps due to a brick-and-mortar presence in their community, providing essential services and contributing local jobs and taxes.  

    Some differences can be seen in support for local across different regions, age groups, and income brackets. We found that:

    1. BC consumers report some of the highest support for local in-store (61% compared to the average 54%), followed by the Prairies (52%) and Quebec (50%). 
    2. Quebec (49%), Northern Canada (48%), and the Prairies (47%) had the highest support for local online. Atlantic Canada (39%) had the lowest support for local online, perhaps due to the lack of a local online market
    3. The BC population is biased towards local by some of the survey results. When we removed the "localists" who we suspect are biased towards local from the whole BC data set, we found that the "general population" of BC consumers reported the lowest support for local businesses online of any region in the country (35%) 
    4. Boomers (66%) and Gen X (59%) have above-average (55%) support for local businesses in-store; Boomers are also more likely to support local businesses online (49% compared to the average of 45%)
    5. Gender wasn't much of a factor in shopping patterns or preferences, however, those identifying as female reported slightly less monthly consumer spending, which is likely to make them slightly more price sensitive
    6. "Localist" consumers are much more likely to value local attributes more highly than factors like availability and price; they place a much lower value on price even when their income is similar 

    Local businesses are still dominating the in-store market, as consumers place high value on product quality, availability, and better service, several areas in which local businesses can really shine. Online, non-local businesses are capturing more of the market, as local businesses that have adopted e-commerce still face significant challenges competing with the marketing budgets and online resources of multinationals and online giants. There is an opportunity for them to capture more of the market online with better support for local business e-commerce and digital marketing, as well as consumer education on supporting local online in a similar way that they have shown to value in-store. Local businesses can help themselves and the local market by promoting their local attributes and company values, and by being transparent about sourcing and employment practices. All businesses can identify and promote local products online and in-store, to help consumers identify locally grown and made products wherever they shop.  Download the report

  • 11 Oct 2022 by LOCO BC

    On October 5th LOCO BC and the Strathcona BIA hosted a meeting with Vancouver mayoral candidates and Council incumbents from other parties. Check out the video of the event below. 



  • 21 Jun 2022 by LOCO BC

    As a follow-up to B.C. Buy Local Week each year, we survey independent businesses to understand the effectiveness of buy local campaigns, and uncover the biggest policy issues affecting them. Here are the highlights:

    • Many businesses see benefits: 75% of consumer businesses engaged in a campaign in their area report a positive impact. Specifically, businesses report that the top five benefits are:
    1. Awareness of the impact of their own local purchasing 
    2. Increased media coverage
    3. Improved customer loyalty 
    4. Attracting new customers, and 
    5. Collaboration with other local businesses. 
    • Engagement is moderate: 35% of businesses are active promoters of the campaign (up 16% from last year); 32% passively participate through a BIA or Chamber but don't go out of their way to promote it, and 33% do not participate. The more engaged the business, the more likely it is that they report seeing benefits from the campaign. 
    • Public awareness is up: 66% report that public awareness of the importance of buying local has increased in the past year, up 11% over last year!  56% report that the buy local campaign in their area is largely or somewhat responsible for the increased awareness (another 21% said minimally responsible). 
    • Public policy issues affecting business: labour issues continue to be the #1 challenge for business, followed by commercial affordability, COVID-19 recovery/support, civic, provincial, and federal taxes (in that order), and permits, licenses & by-laws.

  • 28 Nov 2021 by LOCO BC

    LOCO and  Vancity teamed up to measure the impact of common purchases. We worked with Offsetters and Civic Economics for the carbon and economic analysis. We looked at the purchase of five products  - a loaf of bread, a caffe latte, blueberries, a dress, and a bicycle - from local businesses compared to imported products from non-local businesses. Here's what we found:

    • Locally grown or made product results in a greenhouse gas reduction benefit of between 5% and 66% compared to imported products. 
    • Local products produce a local economic benefit* between 2.0 and 7.1 TIMES that of imported products, an average of 4.1 times. 
    • Local products keep up to 92 cents of every dollar recirculating in the local economy.
    • Local businesses selling the products produce a local economic benefit between 1.8 and 4.3 TIMES that of their multinational brick and mortar competitors, an average of 3.1 TIMES.
    • A local retailer compared to a non-local retailer that is purely online has a benefit of 107 TIMES.

    Although our analysis was set up to compare a local product from a local business compared to an imported product from a multinational business, we thought it would be useful where possible to analyze local products purchased from non-local businesses. Since the non-local bike store for our analysis was purely online, we also assessed the impact of purchasing an imported bike from a multinational brick and mortar store, although not many exist that sell higher-end bikes.

    *Based on greater recirculation of revenues as profit to local owners, payroll to local employees, purchasing with local suppliers (goods and services), and philanthropy to local causes. 

    Download the reportCheck out the infographics:



  • 19 Nov 2021 by LOCO BC

    The season is upon us. COVID-19, fires and floods make it more important than ever to buy local. In addition to our directory, and our #BCBuyLocal business profiles, here are some great resources to find the best B.C. products and businesses:



  • 22 Oct 2021 by LOCO BC

    The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) lottery products deliver benefits to their retail partners by driving traffic and generating revenue for their business. BCLC lottery products are sold at a variety of retail, hospitality, and gaming establishments across the province of BC. Learn about all of our retailers and find the nearest lottery retailer to you.

    BCLC is working to support lottery retailers and other small and local businesses. In February 2021, LOCO BC worked with BCLC on Spread The Local Love, a campaign to raise money for local charities by purchasing products and gift certificates from local businesses, and auctioning or selling them online. All proceeds went to 10 B.C. charitable organizations. The program raised ~$25,000 and won the GOLD award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign from the Canadian Public Relations Society in 2021.

    LOCO BC is helping BCLC and local businesses measure and communicate about the positive impact that lottery retailers can make on their communities. Check out the stories of how lottery retailers create good jobs, support local businesses through their purchasing, and donate to charity.

  • 14 Oct 2021 by LOCO BC

    As a follow-up to B.C. Buy Local Week each year, we survey independent businesses to understand the effectiveness of buy local campaigns, and uncover the biggest policy issues affecting them. Here are the highlights:

    • Many businesses see benefits: 54% of businesses report a positive impact from buy local campaigns in their area. Specifically, businesses report that the top five benefits are: 1) awareness of the impact of their own local purchasing, 2) municipal government awareness of the importance of local businesses, 3) collaboration with other local businesses, 4) increased media coverage, and 5) attracting new customers to their businesses. 
    • Engagement is moderate: only 19% of businesses are active promoters of the campaign; 52% are promoted through a business group they are part of but don't go out of their way to promote it.
    • Public awareness is up: 45% report that public awareness of the importance of buying local has increased this year.
    • Co-ordination is needed: buy local campaign managers have work to do to coordinate messaging and engage businesses to actively participate in the campaign. Only 54% of businesses could name the campaign in their area, 17% didn't know the name, and 27% didn't respond to the question. 
    • Public policy issues affecting business: besides the supply chain and labour issues that continue to affect businesses in 2021, businesses report that commercial affordability, permit/license fees, credit card fees, provincial taxes, and community development are the top five issues affecting businesses. Respondents were heavily weighted in the lower mainland.

  • 21 Sep 2021 by LOCO BC

    The COVID-19 crisis has amplified the understanding of the key role that small and local businesses play in their communities and the B.C. economy. As the pandemic exposed the disparities in our economic system, it also highlighted the need for a “new normal”, an imperative to build back to a more just and equitable economy. As part of this effort, LOCO recognized the opportunity to help shape a vision for rebuilding the economy to focus on increasing local business resilience and a strong recovery for the sector. We set out to develop a framework based on key principles to support local business resilience and recovery, in the hopes of supporting local businesses in a more strategic way. The goal of this work is to start to define key principles, as a starting point for follow-on activities to promote, pilot, and implement solutions. They are by no means hard and fast rules; we hope that this is the beginning of an iterative process, informed by many. Download the framework.

  • 07 Jul 2021 by Amy Robinson

    LOCO BC is looking to expand our network of contractors. We are a small and nimble BC-registered non-profit organization. We work with contractors on a variety of projects and tasks on an as-needed basis. There are a variety of tasks listed here that we require support with throughout the year. We don’t expect all the tasks to be performed by the same person; let us know which tasks interest you and skill set. Through this process we hope to create a short roster of consultants we can call on when we need them. Some work will begin immediately.

    You will be contracted on a part-time basis, and will be expected to determine your own hours, work from your own workspace, and use your own equipment. You must operate your own business or sole proprietorship, charge and pay GST (if you exceed the income threshold). LOCO will provide access to subscriptions, tools, etc. to help facilitate completion of the work. 

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    1- Communications & Partner Engagement: 

    • Membership management 
    • Member communication 
    • Social media planning & content development
    • Campaign development & execution
      • Partnership engagement (may include developing proposals, outreach, etc.)
      • Event management (currently online via Zoom, in person potentially one day again)
      • Business engagement
      • Development of communications materials (stories on businesses, social media collateral)
      • Campaign management:
        • Communicate with partners
        • Communicate with businesses
        • Interview businesses
        • Fill out Community Impact Assessment based on business interview
        • Develop business stories
        • Develop campaign collateral (posts, ads, videos)
        • Plan social media posts

    2 - Research Work: 

    • Proposal writing
    • Research partners and allies to work on various projects
    • Primary and Secondary Research on topics that may include: 
      • Economic impacts of independent businesses 
      • Government policy (tax, development, etc) affecting the enabling environment for independent businesses to thrive
      • Development and commercial affordability 
    • Report writing
    • Manage development of report outcomes like infographics (from outside contractors) based on research reports
    • Media relations (press releases, develop key messages)

    3 - Business Engagement

    • Outreach to independent businesses to:
      • Attend workshops 
      • Organize and conduct interviews to complete Community Impact Assessment and develop business stories as part of campaigns
      • Provide business stories for media

    4 - Outreach to Partners

    • #BCBuyLocal campaign management 
    • Outreach to #BCBuyLocal and other research partners for research purposes, surveys, focus groups, program development, etc.


    • Able to juggle a variety of tasks at once
    • Strategic thinker
    • Good writer
    • Good grasp of social media tools
    • Good grasp of business technology tools (g suite, etc.)
    • Good communication skills
    • Project management skills
    • Social media planning & content development
    • Relationship development & management skills
    • Marketing skills


    Rates are negotiable, and depend on skill level and experience. They range from ~$25-100 per hour. 

    Other Things to Note

    You will be responsible to provide all your own equipment (computer, cellphone, etc). LOCO will provide all software tools and user licenses necessary to complete the work (Stock photos, Canva, Animoto, etc.). 

    All applicants will be considered without attention to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability status. Our goal is to work with consultants of all ages, that reflect the rich diversity of our Province and the country.  

    How to Apply 

    Fill out this form to apply. 

  • 17 Jun 2021 by LOCO BC

    LOCO Vancity Digital Marketing Pilot tech support local business BC

    Since 2017, Vancity and LOCO BC have been partnered with on area-based #BCBuyLocal campaigns. These campaigns have focused partially on the importance for small local businesses to capture more of the online market by improving their online presence through digital marketing and e-commerce. The COVID-19 pandemic shifted consumer shopping behaviour towards online ordering, and at the same time helped contribute to a cultural shift to support small local businesses. While Business Recovery and Launch Online grants have helped many businesses develop their online channel, few have the technical support they need, some did not qualify for grants, and others may be too cash-strapped after contributing 25% of their technology build out to budget for digital marketing.

    In order to compete effectively online against multinational corporations with big marketing budgets, LOCO and Vancity are conducting a pilot project to provide technical expertise to businesses, an action plan, along with expertise and cash for implementation. The goal is to get some exposure at a time when the province is slowly lifting restrictions following the third wave of COVID-19. Consumers who are sitting on savings will begin to spend and travel more, and it’s important that we support local businesses to capture that spending to support a local recovery and the resilience of small local businesses.  

    The pilot will offer 10 businesses the opportunity to:

    1. Book a one hour one-on-one session with Crisp Media to workshop questions on: 
      • ecommerce
      • digital marketing / online lead generation and/or 
      • technology/software to streamline operations
    2. Receive an action plan
    3. Receive up to $1000 in funding to implement the action plan 
    4. Receive support for implementation if required

    The program starts immediately. The pilot will be offered on a first come/first served basis to businesses in the 7 areas in which Vancity and LOCO BC have partnered since 2017:

    • Commercial Drive/East Vancouver
    • Burnaby Heights
    • Point Grey Vancouver
    • Mission
    • Ambleside-Dundarave West Vancouver
    • Langley
    • Squamish (ongoing June 2021)

    Priority will be given to: Vancity members (required) and LOCO members (not required but preferred).

    What's the process? 

    1. Fill out the application - should take less than 10 minutes
    2. We will contact you to book a one-hour coaching session
    3. Receive your list of action items
    4. Receive your funding 
    5. Implement - yourself, or with support from Crisp Media

    Apply Now

  • 12 Jun 2021 by LOCO BC

    First Nations communities across the country are grieving. Here are 6 ways settlers can support them.

    6 Ways to Support Indigenous People* .

    In honour of Indigenous History Month, here are 6 actions we can each take to support Indigenous Peoples:

    1. Support Indigenous Business ~ seek them out and discover their beautiful offerings 
    2. Learn about the colonial history and ongoing impacts of colonization in Canada ~ read Indigenous authors
    3. Learn the Indigenous names of the places you live and the places you visit
    4. If you are non-indigenous and non-minority, recognize your privilege and how you can mobilize this for good
    5. Have a conversation with your children, other family members and friends about the ongoing legacy of residential schools
    6. Also have conversations about the Indigenous leaders, innovators, scholars, politicians, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, authors, doctors, lawyers, land defenders, elders and knowledge holders who bring their indigeneity into the world.
      *reprinted with permission from Sḵwálwen Botanicals. Folllow them on instagram, read their #BCBuyLocal impact storyshop their website, or buy at local retail partners.

    Indigenous Businesses to Support

    1. Sḵwálwen Botanicals (skwall - win) is an Indigenous business creating botanical skin care products. Honouring traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge, they incorporate sustainably harvested plants and organic, high quality ingredients. Check out their #BCBuyLocal impact story on our website.   
    2. Ravens Brewing Co. is a family-owned award-winning brewery and distillery in Abbotsford. Proud of their heritage and community, Ravens Brewing is an Indigenous Corporation focused on developing partnerships with local suppliers and businesses in the development of beers, spirits and other similar products.
    3. Aboriginal & Eco-Tours offers you authentic Aboriginal cultural and eco-tourism experiences in and around Vancouver, Squamish and the Sunshine Coast. We also offer on-line Live virtual tours via Zoom, including corporate tours for your employees. Check out their #BCBuyLocal impact story on our website.   
    4. Irondog Books is an Indigenous-owned bookshop and booktruck dedicated to bringing low cost reading to Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territories (Metro Vancouver). 
    5. Sister Sage is a producer and online retailer of wellness products made with traditional Indigenous ingredients. They hand craft beautiful modern self-care & wellness products including soaps, bath bombs, salves and smokeless smudge honors our ancestral teachings of sage, cedar, sweetgrass, lavender and more.
    6. Satya makes products to soothe your dry, itchy and inflamed skin. It's more than a moisturizer. Whether you're dealing with eczema or simply stressed out skin, Satya is a proven effective topical anti-inflammatory that soothes + restores all types of skin.
    7. Skwachàys Lodge is an Indigenous Arts Hotel in Vancouver, with rooms designed by local Indigenous artists and Vancouver interior designers and a gallery that features Indigenous artwork mostly from local artists. It is a social enterprise that provides the funding for 24 living and work studios for an “Artist in Residence” program in the building, and is owned and operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society, which is governed by an all-Indigenous Board of Directors.
    8.  Salmon and Bannock is Vancouver's only Indigenous owned and operated restaurant. They use traditional ingredients with authentic flavours to create wonderful and delicious modern dishes.
    9. Mr. Bannock Indigenous Cuisine is a food truck in North Vancouver that includes menu items including the bannock taco, bannock burgers, and Bannock eclairs. They've partnered with local and Indigenous businesses to build the menu, including Spirit Bear Coffee and One Arrow Meats.

    10. The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is a three-story, 30,400-square foot award-winning cultural centre designed to blend the traditional Squamish Longhouse with the Lil'wat Istken. Cultural Ambassadors share their knowledge and stories with guests, augmenting the information shared throughout the centre's curated collection of artifacts and contemporary pieces. The Centre includes Whistler's largest Indigenous gift shop, and Thunderbird Cafe, an Indigenous inspired eatery. 

    Other ways to discover Indigenous-owned businesses:

    For other ideas, check out our blog post on supporting BIPOC-owned businesses

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