In her Indigenous Studies course at Mount Royal University, Alexandra Daignault was challenged to bring resistance into her everyday experience. On a normal morning at her local coffee shop, she had a sudden realization: at this coffee shop, she could buy coffee that supported small farms and Indigenous communities all over the world, but what about Canada? In an effort to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people, she started Sarjesa, offering teas that are “radically tasty, steeped in solidarity, and sourced in community.”
Alexandra Daignault is a proud Indo-Caribbean woman, passionate activist, and tea lover (she recommends you try their Peppermint or Earl Grey blends!). She is forever inspired by the women around her, their experiences, and most of all, their resilience. Alexandra is a full-time teacher, who runs Sarjesa as a side business, with hopes of continuing to support violence-prevention programming in Calgary in bigger ways as the business grows.