ManitobaMade and Just the Goods are thrilled to offer a limited edition gift set with all proceeds directed to Mama Bear Clan. We deeply value the work Mama Bear Clan does in the North Point Douglas neighborhood of our city, Winnipeg, as a model provider of community care based on non-judgemental empathy, and we are honoured to partner with them in this way.
Mama Bear Clan, led by women and supported by men, patrols the streets of North Point Douglas two nights a week in all weather conditions offering a loving presence that is committed to increasing safety and reducing violence by demonstrating love and compassion to everyone they meet. As often as possible, they distribute donations of food and clothing to people in need. MBC also regularly participates in community events such as vigils and rallies, and have begun to share their knowledge and practices with other organisations and community groups.
The development of Mama Bear Clan relies on consistent interaction between listening, acting, and reflecting to ensure practices and programs that the community owns and feels represented by. The most often repeated refrain in almost every conversation about safety in North Point Douglas - when speaking to participants of the North Point Douglas Women's Center or neighbourhood residents - is that safety is created through relationship and community building. This is why Mama Bear Clan and its compassionate approach was not only an appropriate response, but perhaps the perfect response, for this community at this time.
Our gift set includes one pair of handmade birch bark stud earrings and a skin brightening face mask.
- The birch bark stud earrings stand on rose gold tinted stainless steel posts and are set under a glossy coat of resin for everyday wear. They are 12 mm/ 0.49” in diameter. The birch bark was harvested in Treaty 2 and a tobacco offering was given.
- The face mask - Glow for Mama Bear Clan - features farmed rosehip seed powder and farmed organic elder flowers blended with kaolin clay to protect and nurture skin while drawing impurities away from pores in a manner gentle enough for most skin types.
We’ve created 25 sets, each available for $40.00 CAD, and will donate 100% of the selling price to Mama Bear Clan to support their work. If this fundraiser generates enough interest, we’ll create an additional 25 sets.
To learn more about Mama Bear Clan’s history, please visit http://tiny.cc/MamaBearClan. If you would like to donate to Mama Bear Clan directly, please visit North Point Douglas Women’s Center’s website, https://www.npdwc.org/donate.html and use the drop down menu to indicate Mama Bear Clan as the recipient. You are also welcome to send an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about ManitobaMade
Jake (Jacqueline) Freeman creates wearable art pieces for Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous allies to enjoy. Jake is Michif from the homeland of the Métis Nation and Treaty 1 Territory. She works with materials like beads, leather, birch bark, quills, feathers, and caribou hair. Through her passion, she has been able to sell items throughout Turtle Island and internationally. Creating since 2003, and jewelry since 2016, she is currently a featured maker at ShopWAG at the Forks. She has previously donated pieces to Lighthouse Mission's web fundraiser, and also fundraised for Black Visions Collective in MN. You can find out more about Jake's work on Instagram @manitobamade_, FaceBook @manitobamade and on Etsy @ManitobaMadebyJake
More about Just The Goods
Milena Lye is a second generation settler with Indo-Caribbean and Mediterranean ancestry who was born on Treaty 13 Territory (Toronto) and moved to Treaty 1 Territory in 2007. She has been making plant-based skin care products since 2009 and has created fundraising products in support of: the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, Protect the Inlet: Kwekwecnewtxw opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and Amazon Watch because it advances Indigenous solutions for protecting the Amazon rainforest to achieve climate justice for all. It is through the fundraising product for Standing Rock that Jake and Milena met online. Learn more at @just.the.goods on Instagram.
Glow for Mama Bear Clan: kaolin clay, rosa canina (rosehip seed) fruit powder, organic sambucus nigra (elder) flower powder
After washing your face thoroughly, mix ½ tbsp of face mask with water to form a light paste. Apply mask to skin avoiding eyes and lips. Leave on for 5-8 minutes then rinse with warm water, rubbing in circular motions to exfoliate. Store remaining dry product in a cool, dark place
Each gift set includes one 35 g / 1.23 oz container of face mask and one pair of 12 mm/ 0.49" diameter brich bark earrings on rose gold tinted stainless steel posts.