“My grandparents used to collect qiviut off the land and stuff it inside our mitts and boots to keep us warm. We are carrying on a tradition passed on through generations.”
Photo by Cora DeVos @ Little Inuk Photography
Qiviut Inc., a 100% Inuvialuit-owned small business in Nisku, Alberta, Canada, is run by Tanis "Akutuq" Simpson, originally from Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories.
In 2019, Tanis and her brother purchased a set of vintage fibre processing machines from a closing-down mill in Fairbanks, Alaska. Tanis then founded Qiviut Inc., a family-operated business that has the distinction of being one of the only fibre mills operating in Alberta.
The small but skilled team at Qiviut Inc. manufactures high-quality qiviut yarns, knitwear, and hand warmers–and also runs Arctic Indulgence, a boutique featuring Indigenous-made crafts.
You can find Tanis at her storefront/mill in Nisku, Alberta (30 minutes south of Edmonton, or a 9-minute drive from the Edmonton airport).
Tanis Simpson at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, 2022