My Journey with TwoChiefs: Starting my First Business.

Written by: Kirkland Douglas



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My Journey with TwoChiefs: From Concept to Cultural Connection

As I reflect on the path that led me to create TwoChiefs, it's a story filled with unexpected turns, challenges, and a deep connection to my ancestry that has profoundly shaped my journey. A journey that started from losing my serving job in the midst of a global pandemic to starting my first business, TwoChiefs, and being honored with the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Breakout New Business award in 2021.

Finding My Way Back Home

The story of TwoChiefs begins in the spring of 2020, a time that tested all of us. After years of living downtown Vancouver and Toronto, pursuing my passion for film acting and writing while working in restaurants, the pandemic brought everything to a halt. Losing my job and facing the uncertainty of lockdowns, I made the decision to move back to Rosedale, BC; to my family farm and community of Cheam First Nation, that promised space, work, and a semblance of peace during uncertain times.

This return wasn't just a physical move; it was a homecoming to my roots and the culture that has always been a part of me. One night, while catching up with a childhood friend, I was inspired by her story of how she pivoted her life and business in the face of lockdowns. She moved her business 100% online and it had transformed her life and given her a new found freedom. This led me to take the leap into becoming a business owner myself and I proudly opened TwoChiefs in April 2021. My vision was clear: to support artists by selling Indigenous design, creating a platform that celebrated culture and provided a voice for Indigenous artists.

Featured TwoChiefs artist, Nikki LaRock:


Overcoming Challenges with Resilience

Starting TwoChiefs was no small feat. The early days were filled with learning curves, from setting up my Shopify(#ad) online store to navigating the complexities of shipping and handling. Each step was a lesson in entrepreneurship. In the early days of operating my business, all my seemingly large challenges were underscored by the discovery of the 215 unmarked graves at the Kamloops residential school—a moment that gave my mission a new depth and urgency.

Despite all the challenges thrown at me, I was determined to build a business that honored culture and supported Indigenous artists. Every product we offer at TwoChiefs proudly displays the artist's name, ensuring they receive the recognition and compensation they deserve. This commitment to cultural appreciation over appropriation is at the heart of everything we do.

Making an Impact

Among the many products we've had the honor to share, the Salmon & Eggs Balancing Game by Paul Windsor stands out. It's not just a bestseller; it represents the heart of what TwoChiefs is about—connecting with our roots and sharing those connections with the world, especially the youth. Our greatest pride comes from knowing that these products find their way into classrooms and homes, opening up meaningful conversations about Indigenous culture and history.

Salmon & Eggs Balancing Game

Our role as a retail store may be to select and sell these creations, but the impact goes beyond transactions. Each item, carefully chosen from reputable wholesale partners, carries a story worth telling and sharing. It’s these stories, these moments of cultural connection, that truly define the success of TwoChiefs.

Moments of Now: How 'The Power of Now' Inspired TwoChiefs' Journey to Mindfulness & Success

Flooded Barn

During an unexpected flood that isolated our community, my life and business came to a stop. In this quiet pause, "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle became my guide. Drawing on its teachings and the legacy of resilience from my ancestors, I saw an opportunity in the stillness. This period of reflection deepened TwoChiefs’ mission to uplift Indigenous art and culture. We emerged not just intact but invigorated, turning a challenge into a testament to the power of mindfulness and adaptability, embodying the spirit of resilience that runs through our brand.

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A Call to Action: Join Me on Your Entrepreneurial Journey

As TwoChiefs continues to grow, my vision extends beyond selling products. I aim to uplift future entrepreneurs in starting their journey. If you're inspired to start your own business, I encourage you to explore Shopify(#ad) to create your website. It's been an invaluable tool for me, simplifying the complexities of operating an online business and allowing me to focus on what truly matters. 

To those considering taking the leap into entrepreneurship, I say: go for it and I proudly recommend you choose Shopify(#ad) in creating your new business. Whether you're selling from home or envisioning a brick-and-mortar store, Shopify is the platform that can turn your dreams into reality. Featuring low start-up costs, an easy to use dashboard, a variety of plug-ins to custom fit your business, a large community of fellow entrepreneurs and expert customer service. Shopify(#ad) has everything to get your businesses website up and running including POS options and shipping discounts.  Click here(#ad) to use my Shopify affiliate link to begin your free trial. If you sign up today pay only $1/month for the next three months after your free trial ends!

TwoChiefs collection - featured products

1. Woven Blanket Harmony

2. T-shirt - Every Child Matters - Protected by our Ancestors 2023

3. Eco-cloths Running Raven

Looking Ahead with Hope and Determination

My journey with TwoChiefs is more than a business; it's a testament to the resilience of culture, the power of art, and the importance of supporting one another. As we look to the future, I'm excited for what's to come and grateful for the opportunity to share my story with you.

Thank you for being a part of this journey. Together, let's continue to celebrate culture, support Indigenous artists, and build a community that honors the stories told through Indigenous design

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