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Feeling so grateful! There are only two rewards at $1000. You will receive a half page ad space (7.5in w x 4.925in h) Know that your contribution will go towards supporting local artists and small business owners that will be featured in the Existence Magazine!
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So excited! To be able to offer a total of ten rewards at $100. In exchange of your support you will get a 1/10 ad space (3.675in w x 1.88in h). Your $100 will go towards making this eMagazine a reality!
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Campaign Description

You can find me in the community connecting and collaborating with others. What does this really mean? You see in business are taught business is about selling that product and/or providing that service. My business has always been more that than each day I have always strived to give back even when I had nothing. I have been blessed in many ways to be able to have the capacity to support other small Indigenous businesses and artists. In the beginning of being a business owner it was so reassuring for me to know and have the opportunity to work with other home-based business owners who were also Indigenous women - to have then there as my support there was so much to learn. But most importantly, this business world teaches us it is about competition when in fact from Indigenous lens it’s about supporting one another where nobody is left behind. Together, we needed to share this journey our stories so at the beginning of 2019 I founded the Indigenous Women’s Business Panel - Iskwew Founded Iskwew Made Iskwew Run. The panels were held every month from January to December at the ATB Arts & Culture Branch. The year ended with giving out five different awards to local Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists as a way to celebrate. Together, as a community and we came together as volunteers to showcase and to feature businesses, artists, fashion designers, musicians to name a few. Through the year as I reflected upon how much the panel had such a positive impact and created a space, I knew I needed to evolve and ensure this momentum and the new and existing relationships are maintained. You can say I have another killer idea that I would love to share to the world! Moving my business to the next level means continuing to operate my business yet continuing to support I would like to is to create a eMagazine titled, “Existence” that now features all previous Indigenous panelists and their businesses through this magazine.

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Delilah Mah

Delilah Mah

Founder

Delilah is Saulteaux, Cree and French descent and a member of Keeseekoose First Nation - Treaty 4 Territory. Her family roots connect to George Gordon, Cotes, Key, Muskowekwan First Nation to Shoal Lake and Waywayseecappo First Nation in Manitoba. She is a wife, daughter, auntie and granddaughter. Delilah is married into Treaty 6 territory her husband is from Alexander First Nation. She completed a Bachelor of Education Degree with a minor in Native Studies from the University of Alberta in 2008. She has over 16 years of experience in Indigenous planning, community economic development, business, program development and management. Majority of her experience has been working with both the urban and First Nation communities and peoples.

Delilah is the owner of the following three businesses.  Mah Art was launched in 2016 as a size biz - founded upon a desire to showcase the beauty of Indigenous peoples of Canada - our identities, our history, our dances, our cultures, our languages, our land, our ancestors and as a way to present a memento of our history. Delilah hopes as each visual art piece is displayed the art will bring hope and inspiration from offices to home decor. Each piece has a unique Indigenous contemporary touch - customized and personalized for the individual. They are stylish, colourful, elegant and have a modern technique. One of her pieces titled “Giving Thanks” was purchased by Edmonton’s Mayor Iveson to gift to the former Grand Chief of Treaty 6. She was featured in the Alberta Native News July 2016 issue. Her artwork can be purchased through Tix on the Square and is features in Edmonton Made Business Directory.

BravHer Consulting was launched in 2017 driven and founded upon her particular talent for forward planning, she can naturally enhance processes and bring structure that align with vision and she has an inherent gift to build relationships. Always ensuring relationships are inclusive to First Nation, Métis and Inuit people’s cultures. Her current work includes business planning, program development and teaching financial literacy. 

Mah Photography was launched in 2017 - driven by Delilah’s passion to capture the beauty of our Indigenous women through photography - to honor and respect their circles, diverse histories, cultures, languages, identities and stories. There is no greater place than to be able to empower, instill hope and share the stories through the images captured. She uses her photography to capture photos of her art and creates her own graphic designs. Most recently capturing the eye of Tix on the Square who would feature business with the community via social media outlets. In addition, to complement the photography she has begun doing customized backdrops for different events and works with professional makeup artists.

Delilah Mah always been driven by a passion for empowering First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and communities, always has a vision to make a difference, and has an inherent gift to build relationships and a particular talent for forward planning and bring the community together. She is appreciative of the opportunity to have been able to contribute and be a part of building a strong foundation for all Indigenous peoples who call Treaty 6 territory their home. Delilah has been an active volunteer for the past 7 years.

She has taken the lead to change a narrative rather than listening to what mainstream business that tells us - to be competitive. She has challenged this and is using a different approach that requires reflecting on our ancestors and how they never allowed anyone to be left behind. Delilah is the founder of the Indigenous Women’s Business Panel - Iskwew founded, Iskwew made, Iskwew run which hosted 12 monthly business panels in 2019. An event that began with providing a space to a circle of Indigenous women using our gifts, to collaborate, to build partnerships, to share wise practices, to learn, evolve, grow and to invest in one another by supporting each other.

What makes this monthly event unique since its inception in January 2019 is the high involvement and presence of local Indigenous artists who are eager to be involved and represent diverse capacities from visual artists, photographers, videographers, musicians, makeup artists, clothing and jewelry designers to name a few. They come to share their experiences, stories, challenges and gifts. This could not have been made possible without the in-kind support of the ATB Arts and Culture Branch who has been so gracious to allow the event to be hosted in their space. As well, the event got the attention of a group of other Indigenous peoples from the traditional territory of Treaty No.7 - Calgary and now too are hosting similar monthly event. 

Another most important item is this event is providing a space to the next generation of Indigenous youth. As a community it is our role to give, to inspire, to empower, to invest and to give hope, and to share our stories of resiliency and to provide mentorship. Some of the youth have gained volunteer experience that match their post-secondary career goals as fashion designers and models. It is our goal to be able in the future to provide a professional reference as needed and to ensure they have access to endless support. Together as Indigenous artists we are changing the narrative of how we as an Indigenous community define ourselves. Together we will continue to take the lead in the Indigenous community by producing a magazine as another platform to open even more doors for the Indigenous peoples and the community involved in the arts in the region of Edmonton where all are welcome to be a part of the circle that has no beginning or end. 

In addition, she is a member Secretary for the Ross Sheppard School Council and advocate for FNMI issues, parents and students who do not have a voice. She also is an honorary member of the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association (AWPA). It was a humbling experience for Delilah to be recognized. In 2016, she gathered a volunteer team of First Nations women to do a video series titled She Connects Us to honor and highlight grandmothers, mothers and daughters’ stories which was launched in the week of Mother’s Day. 

She cannot help but acknowledge the women who gave her life - the teachers, the healers, the achievers. Her late great grandmother - Kookum gave her strength and hope (1913 - 2016); her grandmother - Coco gifted her with perseverance; her mother taught her kindness and compassion, her aunt showed her true commitment and gave her a voice, her other aunt who lead by example and showed her the importance of living a life without dependency on substances, and her other aunt who is her inspiration and always highly emphasized education is key. 

Today, these teachers remain and are Delilah’s motivation from education to stepping into entrepreneurship. As a First Nations woman, Delilah says it is now her turn to be a giver of life to commit to giving back to the community and to individuals - to lead, to share, to help, to support, to teach, to give back, to commit, to give hope and leave others inspired. She believes it is her role as an Indigenous woman to continue to breathe life into others by sharing - our gifts, our teachings, our resiliency with others who need it at that very moment. 

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Jan 27, 2020

Chapter 1: The Idea

A video that was created by Miyo Pimatisiwin Productions Inc., Aretha Greatrix. She asked me to do an interview to talk about the Indigenous Women's Business Panel. Can you tell I am camera shy? I honestly perfer to be behind the scenes it truly where I thrive the best! After hosting twelve events like this in 2019 there is a need to feature the business owners and artist in a magazine! Ready to take this to the next level! Hope you enjoy!

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Jan 27, 2020
Project launched

FAQs

What is the cost of the magazine?

The plan is to have the first issue free. The next issue will be a paid subscription. Readers will be able to read a part of the magazine before being prompted to pay.

Will you print copies of the magazine?

No. I do not plan on printing any copies due to being environmentally friendly.

Where can I access a copy of the first issue?

The first issue will be launch on my website along with on all social media outlets.
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