Blood Tribe celebrates new marketplace 24757
A new community-owned grocery store is bringing fresh, healthy food and 24 new jobs to the Blood Tribe community in southern Alberta.
The $6.2-million Kainai Marketplace is the only grocery store on the Blood Reserve (a.k.a. Kainai First Nation) and was funded through a partnership between the Nation and the Alberta government.
The province contributed $1.5 million to Kainai Marketplace through a pilot program that has since become the Aboriginal Business Investment Fund. The Blood Tribe also contributed $1.5 million and is covering the remaining costs through third-party financing.
Construction involved local companies and more than 7,500 person-hours of labour. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)