Support is coming from council to help get a second grocery store in Fort Chipewyan.
On Tuesday night, they voted unanimously in favor of having Mayor Melissa Blake write a letter of support for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation as they look for funding from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
The hope is the new building will make competition for their only grocery store, who’s been able to raise their prices.
“They don’t care, I don’t even shop there,” said Councillor Claris Voyageur, who lives in the northern community.
She notes she did recently go to the store and paid $14 for a bag of grapes.
“It’s sad, the prices are awful.”
The ACFN notes the high prices could be attributed to the costs of transportation, but also the monopoly held by the town’s only grocery store.
“When you live in the north and have the difficulty of not even having a full season access road, the cost and expenditure of moving freight is pretty daunting,” said Mayor Melissa Blake.
Along with the added competition, the ACFN notes this will help diversify the economy and provide jobs for youth.
The rural hamlet is also looking to add a hydroponic food growing facility to provide fresh fruits and vegetables.
As of right now, there is no update on when or if this will happen.