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FOLLOWING IN THE TRACKS OF ATIKUSS

Atikuss was born from the desire of Josée Leblanc, an Innu Métis and businesswoman, to promote Aboriginal culture and offer a fair wage to the women artisans. In this tiny industry, the women artisans rarely earned more than $4 per hour. Shocked by these terrible conditions, Josée launched the Hopeboots project. Her goal? To allow Aboriginal women to make a decent living from their art.

Josée is the designer behind the original mukluks and offers the manufacturing to the women from the First Nations. In 2016, Atikuss became an international showcase for Hopeboots and Canadian Aboriginal culture.

PROMOTING EQUITABLE FAIR TRADE OF ABORIGINAL FOOTWEAR

Aboriginal art is threatening to disappear, because the wages paid to the artisans are indecent. Atikuss implemented a fair-trade commerce for Aboriginal footwear so that the women could regain their dignity and rekindle the desire to pass down their knowledge to future generations. Hopeboots, the flagship project of the Atikuss brand, aims for this objective.

Together, let’s keep the memory of First Nations and transmit the ancient art of aboriginal footwear.

PARTNERS

Since the dawn of time, Aboriginal peoples lived in harmony with Mother Earth. Their culture is based on sharing and giving. Many organizations, inspired by this philosophy, support Atikuss. Thank you to all our wonderful partners!

Bottes des l’espoir

Handcrafted in Canada by Aboriginal women

Build my hopeboots

Authentic and fair manufacturing process

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