Our Story

“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.”
Qiviut Inc. owner, Indigenous entrepreneur Tanis Simpson, stands at her counter

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).

 
 Qiviut Inc. featured on CBC North!
Tanis Simpson at the Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik, showing her qiviut yarn shades

Tanis Simpson at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, 2022