Kaitlyn White-Keyes: this culinary artist has a sweet spot for gourmet treats and giving back to community
Originally from the southern reaches of Treaty 8 territory, Kaitlyn White-Keyes (she/her) is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and Indigenous tradeswoman who has spent most of her life on Chief Drygeese territory. Kaitlyn was introduced to business at a young age by her first-generation Canadian grandmother and through Alberta’s Farmers’ Markets. She has never been shy about connecting with customers or hard work.
A graduate of NAIT’s Culinary Arts program, Kaitlyn is currently channelling her entrepreneurial and culinary energies into Yellowknife’s newest option for confectionery delights, Ever Sweet Company. Ever Sweet Company serves up small-batch artisanal caramels, traditional candies, and locally crafted treats. But more than this, the recently launched social enterprise, like its founder, prioritizes community and sustainability.
The profits from Ever Sweet Company, generated through product sales and community events, go towards developing a safe, local, and land-based healing space for people living with addiction, filling an important gap for residents of the North. Inspired by her connection to community, Kaitlyn believes these resources are essential to the decolonization of our nation and paramount to the survival of Indigenous culture.
This is part of the Feeding Our Spirits video series that shares the stories of Northern culinary entrepreneurs who are nourishing their communities with traditional ingredients, innovative techniques, and deep care.