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January 20, 2021
It’s been a wild year for Dene entrepreneur Melissa Daniels since starting her own business at the beginning of 2020.
Daniels, who lives in Fort Smith and is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, launched Naidié Nezų – or “good medicine” – in January of last year.
Combining Dene botanical knowledge and her background as a public health nurse, she harvests Indigenous plants and medicines to create skincare products, such as body butter made with spruce gum for babies or a hand balm featuring blue chamomile flowers.
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