The word *nikihk* comes from the Plains Cree language. It translates to the meaning *My Home*.
“We need to keep our families safe during this time. Sanitize your household, your hands, and remember to pray every day to the Creator.” – BATC Elders
In March of 2020, nikihk was created to help distribute household cleaning kits to combat the national shortage of sanitizing solutions on First Nations. Since then, we have sold over 75,000 cleaning kits, made headlines, and begun our retail journey.
BATC is a tribal council that was formed in the spring of 2007 with the original first nations of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, Moosomin FIrst Nation, Red Pheasant Cree Nation, Sweetgrass First Nation, and Stoney Knoll First Nation signing the Convention Act. Saulteaux First Nation joined in 2009 and Mosquito / Grizzly Bear’s Head / Lean Man First Nation in 2014.
We are proudly 100% owned by several Saskatchewan First Nations (Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs).
Our locally manufactured products help protect and clean our communities as well as create local jobs.
We respect the earth and all its animals. We make naturally derived, biodegradable, cruelty-free products.
Sobeys (Preston Crossing)
Sobeys (Varsity Common)
Wanuskewin Gift Shop (Broadway)
Silver Wolf Trading Post
Little Market Box
Safeway (Lawson Heights)
Cowessess Gas & Grocery
Northland Confectionary & Groceries
Gordon Retail Center & Gas Bar
Saulteaus Crossing ESSO Gas & Convenience
Sobeys (University Park)
Cowessess First Nation
Cowessess Gas & Grocery
Onion Lake First Nation
Makaoo Mall Store
Buffalo River Mini Mart & Gas Bar
Lake Country Co-op
Birch Hills Kinistino
Lake Country Co-op
Carrot River Co-op
Co-op Market Place
Save U IGA
Yellow Quill Store
beePLUS Workplace Solutions
Pasqua First Nation
Paskwa Pit Stop
George Home Hardware
English River First Nation
Beauval General Store
Saddle Lake Building Supplies
Beaver River Gas Bar
uh miss goo wih gus goo wuh (Phonetic)
Wild Mint, Mentha arvensis
Wild Mint has been used traditionally for making teas, medicine, and as a fragrance. amisko-wihkaskwa contains an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent known as rosmarinic acid.
we gus goo wah (Phonetic)
Sweetgrass, hierochloe adorata
Asacred plant of the prairies. Sweetgrass used to grow abundanly but is now becoming uncommon as much of its habitat has been changed or destroyed. wihkaskwa is traditionally used for spiritual cleansing and ceremories as it is believed to bring good spirits and pure influences.
miss sahs goo wuh do min (Phonetic)
Saskatoon Berry, Amelanchier alnifolia
The Saskatoon plant is a member of the rose family and a relative of the apple. The word Saskatoon comes from the Cree word “Mis-saskquah-toomina” and is how the city of Saskatoon got its name. misaskwatomin has been used by First Nations for centuries, and has been a staple food. The young straight shoots of the Saskatoon bush were used to make arrow shafts while berries were dried for winter meals.
ee yin nih min (Phonetic)
Blueberry, Vaccinum myrtilloides
Blueberries have been traditionally cooked in lard by First Nations people to store for winter use, or dried in the sun and used in pemicana special paste. iyinimin was also used in the treatment of headaches, sore throats, colds and flues. “iyinimin” plants are also known to have powerful antioxidants.
me goo won nee (Phonetic)
Wild Prickly Rose, Rosa acicularis
All parts of the Wild Prickly Rose have been used in First Nation cultures from the root up to young shoots, rose petals and hips. Refreshments, medicinal eyewash and syrup were all made from the rose. The scent of a rose is said to help relieve headaches. mihkokwaniy is often depicted in beadwork and has been used in necklaces. If you eat too many of the seeds, you will probably have digestive discomfort and discover why some First Nations call the hips “itchy bum berries”.
bus goo wow wih gus goo wa (Phonetic)
Prairie Sage, Artemisia ludoviciana
Sage has a traditional precedent of being found in the kitchen, as it is popular in flavouring meats, soups, and stews. paskwawihkwaskwa is also used to cover sweat lodge floors and to ‘smudge’, a sacred ritual of purification using smoke as incense for spiritual cleansing which protects and purifies the people and ceremonial space from negative influences.