United Nation declared 2019, the YEAR of Indigenous Languages!
Boozhoo! Aaniin! Tawnshi! Tansi! Han!
Why is our name MakadeMigizi or Blackeagle? Our ancestral name was Blackbird (Makadepinesii) prior to European contact and to be true to our ancestors, we wanted to use a name that closely represented our original name for our business. We are proud to be bringing our name back to life with our business and we are proud to be offering Indigenous languages on our clothing and other products.
We support Canadian businesses 100%. All of our products are designed by businesses in Treaty 1 and Treaty 3, and some of our products are made in Montreal, Quebec.
My name is Kim Blackburde Moore and my daughter, Tehya L’Wren and I, own and operate our business…MakadeMigizi Clothing & Apparel or Blackeagle Clothing & Apparel. We were inspired to create clothing and other products during a discussion that we had one day in November, 2018. We recognize that Indigenous languages are being lost and people are being encouraged to speak the languages daily. We wanted to inspire people who are learning Indigenous languages, or people who wish to show respect for languages, to wear it on products such as clothing. This inspired us to print our first product which is the maamaa makwa (means mama bear) hoodie, ooosan makwa (means father bear – and has been discontinued) hoodie and makoonz (means baby bear) hoodie.
We chose to print our products in Ojibway since our home community is Rainy River First Nation in Treaty 3.
Our business is Indigenous owned and operated and although we are from Treaty 3, we currently live in Treaty 1. We would LOVE to see the celebration of all seven Indigenous languages in Manitoba, so if you need help getting started on your own promotion of Cree, Dakota, Dene, etc., I will gladly help with my humble advice. Send me an e-mail- I am only one person and cannot cover all the languages on my own. Our products are available in Michif French, Michif Cree and Ojibway. Our family roots are Metis, Ojibway, Dakota and European. We are proud of our roots and we are always striving to offer unique products that will allow you to celebrate Indigenous languages. Indigenous or non-Indigenous, you will LOVE our hoodies, t-shirts, tank tops, baby onesies and other products.
Our dream is to eventually offer Ojibway language immersion camps, after-school Ojibway language programs or daily Ojibway language programs for children and adults in my Treaty 3 community of Rainy River First Nation and/or to offer these same programs in the Selkirk region where we live. I am currently on a journey to learn Ojibway and I am actively taking classes to become proficient in Ojibway.
Do you see something that you LOVE but it does not have your traditional language? Send me an e-mail to custom order.