Infused water a winner

  • May. 16, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Christine Moody of Skidegate and Giuliana Hauknes of Prince Rupert won $2,500 on May 9 (Friday) for their Project Hlaana, a line of spring water infused with Haida Gwaii herbs, medicines, and berries.”For hundreds of years, the First Nations peoples have been using plants found in nature for their health and well-being. Today many people are looking for a more holistic approach to keep their bodies healthy. Our product will give people an all natural alternative to other enriched water that is currently on the market,” the women said.Eight judges at the Northwest Innovation Challenge decided Hlaana, which means “mouth is watering” in Haida, was the most innovative use of a bio-product, awarding them the largest sum of money.The women took part in the Northwest Aboriginal Entrepreneurs program in March, which partners with U Vic’s Gustavson School of Business.About 100 people attended the event, which was hosted by Skeena-Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics and held in Terrace. SNICRE received submissions from around Northwest BC in March and April, choosing twelve finalists.”Thank you for all of your congratulations! The evening was a huge success. We received a lot of feedback, and all of it was good,” wrote Ms Moody and Ms Hauknes, “Everyone loved our product and can’t wait to be able to buy it at health food stores, specialty shops, and farmer’s markets. Thank you all for your support!”

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