The Globe & Mail Dakota Brant

Globe & Mail

"What I want to see is manufacturing and job opportunities that we can bring to our community here so that we don't have to send people away in order to have not just employment but meaningful employment,"


"Reserve-based businesses go global as Indigenous entrepreneurs tap into e-commerce.The internet has helped on-reserve small businesses go global like never before, though a lack of capital or internet access is still a barrier for some."


Today, the Brant sisters' company, Sapling & Flint, is thriving. Last year, 87% of their sales were online, with customers from across Canada, the US, and Western Europe. They aim to become the country's first nationwide wholesale jewellery manufacturer that is Indigenous-owned and -operated on reserve.



As Indigenous women living on a reserve, Dakota and Jesse Brant know how crushing it can be to not have equal access to opportunities. That’s why they made sure they would use their business to empower others in their community.

Walrus Magazine Dakota Brant

The Walrus Talks

From the Walrus Talks National Tour: We Desire a Better Country. Recorded April 22nd, 2017 in the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. Dakota Brant is a Mohawk woman from Six Nations Territory. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker on issues spanning the Indigenous experience in North America...

Powwow Pitch

Dakota Brant owner of Sapling & Flint shares her experience of winning 1st prize at Pow Wow Pitch 2018, where her business is now and being a judge at Pow Wow Pitch 2019.

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