Founder & CEO
Leigh Joseph (ancestral name Styawat) is an ethnobotanist, researcher and entrepreneur from the Squamish First Nation. Leigh contributes to cultural knowledge renewal in connection to Indigenous plant and land-based relationships and contributes an Indigenous lens to her field of study.
As founder of Sḵwálwen Botanicals, Leigh brings together Indigenous science and self-care, providing gentle and effective skincare products that draw from the ceremonial aspects of plants. Incorporating sustainably harvested and sourced botanicals, Sḵwálwen unites ancestral traditions with modern beauty rituals, empowering people to connect to themselves and the natural world.
Presented by NACCA
Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island are building businesses driven by Indigenous values that celebrate diverse cultures, protect Mother Earth, reclaim industries and land, and forge new paths for a better future for generations to come. Join this Learning Lab to hear from Indigenous business leaders about their motivations, approaches, decision-making processes and reflections on business and the Indigenous entrepreneurship community. The entrepreneurs approach this conversation with humour, heart, high hopes and decisive responsibility.