Fort Chipewyan residents have a new one-stop shop for their groceries.
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation decided to open the K’ai Taile Market, so residents can conveniently buy all the food and supplies they need – at a reasonable price.
Band Councillor with ACFN Michelle Voyageur tells Mix News this will make it easier for residents who can’t afford the costs at the community’s Northern Store.
“A twenty-kilogram bag of Robin Hood flour was like $47. It all depends on the time of year because we are isolated, and the winter road opens the middle of December and it lasts usually until the middle of March.”
Voyageur adds the store, which held its soft opening last Wednesday – took around two years to build and cost around $7,000,000.
She says so far, residents have been very pleased with the food products they have to choose from and the costs.
“Our people like animal organs, and we already had liver and heart, so people were very happy they were able to buy the meat they like. People were happy about the variety and they were definitely happy about the price.”
Voyageur adds for now; the store will employ 15 community members and has the opportunity to grow in the future.