The business began as a mobile retail unit traveling from Pow-Wow to Pow-Wow throughout North America in the family van. During slow times the family sold to stores. When the demand from stores increased, it persuaded the family to set-up an office location in British Columbia. The needs of the retailers grew and a new direction was taken by the family in order to satisfy this demand – thus Monague Native Crafts was established as a wholesale business in 1982.
Without any formal business training, the owner, Sandi Monague Roy, developed the company while raising five daughters, two who have grown up in the company and are now an integral part of the business. The family is a member of the Beausoleil First Nations of Ontario (Ojibway).
The Governor General awarded Sandi Monague Roy with the “Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.” Extensive traveling has given the family exposure to many different groups and cultures around the world, which has resulted in a keen family interest to share experiences and knowledge with other Developing Peoples and with our youth, our future leaders.
Monague Native Crafts’ dedicated team has developed the company to become the leading supplier of Canadian Native souvenirs and giftware items, offering the highest quality and superior customer service. All products are crafted by hand. The company gives hiring priority to First Nations People and Women in Development.